Scholarships & Funding
The School has has several sources of financial assistance available for B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. students who meet the various criteria.
Scholarship & Funding Opportunities
$555,012 in scholarships were awarded to 44 percent of School of Social Welfare students in the 2020 academic year.
Scholarship & FAFSA Deadlines
The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has several sources of financial assistance available to B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. students who meet the various criteria. Awards are made on an annual basis and are applied directly towards tuition and fees in most instances. All students interested in applying are required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid as well as a School of Social Welfare application by March 1. All recipients are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Students must renew their applications each year they wish to be considered.
These awards are made possible through the generous support of friends and alumni of the School of Social Welfare and the KU Endowment Association. We are grateful to all of our donors who have contributed to make these awards possible and to the KU Endowment Association for their faithful stewardship of these resources.
Guaranteed Funding for PhD & Dissertation Award Opportunities
Added value opportunities that provide students with unique experiences and additional funding.
Sigler Family Aging Scholars Program
Toni Johnson Scholars for Racial & Social Justice Program
Integrated Health Scholars Program
The School's Emergency Fund helps students who experience unexpected needs.
"The School of Social Welfare’s Emergency Fund serves as a lifeline to students in need of financial assistance. This donation is the personification of one of the six core values social workers possess: recognizing the importance of human relationships."
In 2018, the School of Social Welfare established the Emergency Fund that helps provide necessary support for students who experience an unexpected need. Many don’t know where to turn and, without support, would be forced to take a break from school or drop out completely. Since its inception, the School has helped students with a range of items from assistance with rent, utility bills, car maintenance, technology needs, etc. In the past year, we have provided more than $50,000 in aid for students experiencing unexpected expenses due to the pandemic.
A special thank you goes out to alum, Eric Sigler, for his generous donation last year of $10,000 towards the Emergency Fund.
Graduate Student Travel Funding
Travel funding available for graduate students who are needing to travel to present their research or the disciplinary equivalent at a national or regional meeting of a learned or professional society.
- Travel authorized for student development to graduate students who have been accepted to present their research or the disciplinary equivalent at a national or regional meeting of a learned or professional society.
- The student should apply first to Graduate Studies for funding.
- For supplemental funds from the School, e-mail a request to Elenor Crangle at email@example.com to cover expenses.
- The School may be able to assist in payment for lodging, registration and airfare (not meals, or other expenses) for up to two conferences. A $2,000.00 maximum payout may be possible per student for travel. Additional expenses over the limit will be paid by the student.
- In each fiscal year, students applying for a first conference take precedence over students applying for a second conference. Approval will be made until available funds are depleted.
Students should contact Elenor Crangle at firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive instructions and complete the paperwork, including the School’s travel authorization request form, and, preferably, direct payment for the other expenses rather than reimbursement to the student.