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Affording Your Degree in the School of Social Work

Saint Louis University offers significant resources for students of all levels and disciplines in the School of Social Work. We are pleased to support our students as they work to improve our communities as students and professionals.

The resources below offer a selection of funding opportunities for students in social work and related fields. 

Information for Students of All SSW Programs

SLU Scholarships 

SLU's School of Social Work has streamlined the process for scholarships. Every applicant is automatically evaluated to determine qualification for scholarships from SLU’s School of Social Work. Applicants are notified of their scholarship amount at the time of their admission decision. Programs such as graduate assistantships have separate requirements.

Outside Assistance

In addition to the loans, grants and other opportunities available to all SLU students, multiple resources are available to students studying social work, criminology and criminal justice and applied behavior analysis. 

View Scholarship Opportunities by Organizations and Institutions Outside of SLU

Information for SSW Graduate Students 

Graduate Assistantships

Each program selects students to serve in graduate assistant/faculty assistant positions, which can offset the cost of studies. These positions are awarded only by application, which can be found on your program’s webpage. Applications can be submitted from the first week of January through March 1. Recipients are notified in April, and have until April 15 to accept or decline the offer. These awards are for the academic year only, however, some awards offer the possibility to apply for another year.

Doerr Diversity Fellowships

Students awarded the Doerr Diversity Fellowship work closely with the Saint Louis University Emmett J. and Mary Martha Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research, and are required to perform duties as assigned by the center throughout the duration of their fellowship. Candidates can find the application on their program’s webpage, and are encouraged to respond thoughtfully to each question. 

Applications open the first week of January and close March 1. Candidates are notified in April and have until April 15 to accept or decline the offer. This tuition-only fellowship does not include a stipend/living costs or health insurance, nor does it cover any fees.

Tuition Remission Financial Support Opportunities

Students can apply to participate in faculty-mentored professionalization experiences, allowing them the opportunity to seek tuition remission.