Although a college and graduate education provide financial and professional benefits across one’s career and lifetime, affording college and graduate school can pose some challenges. Michigan State University and the School of Social Work have a number of programs to help financially support social work students. It is our hope that students can concentrate on their studies and the development of professional knowledge, skills and values.
The current tuition and fees for Michigan State University are noted on the University website.
How do students pay for college and graduate education?
- Employment. Students are allowed to work while they are in a BASW and MSW program. A number of students have positions in social service agencies and this provides valuable experience and financial assistance. There are a limited number of paid positions within the School and University as Graduate Assistants, student assistants, and working on a range of projects (for example, grant-funded research projects). Some students may be eligible for work study.
- Loans. There are a range of loan programs available to assist with college and graduate school expenses. For information on loans, please check the University financial aid website.
- Scholarships. The University may award scholarships, usually based on financial need. There are a limited number of School of Social Work scholarships. These will either be awarded at the time of admissions, associated with certain field placements and learning experiences (such as the Levande Program in Gerontology for MSW students), or granted based on merit and need during the student’s time in the School. If there is an application process for these scholarships, such as the Alumni Association Scholarship, there will be announcements via email to eligible students. Many of these scholarships have been funded by alumni and faculty members and we are grateful for their support.
Local libraries, bookstores, and the internet all are potential sources of information about scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans. Some may be open to all applicants, while others are targeted at special populations (e.g., women, minorities, veterans). You may want to start with the MSU Office of Financial Aid website.