UST Financial Aid, Grants & Scholarships

All financial aid for the MSW program is administered through the University of St. Thomas. Graduate students may receive any of the loan funds administered by the university. In order to establish eligibility for financial aid, students must complete a standard financial aid application (FAFSA), which can be found on the graduate financial aid website. The University of St. Thomas school code is 002345.  Financial aid is awarded on an annual basis. Candidates must complete new application materials for each year of study. 

The Graduate Financial Aid Office can provide additional information about the following scholarship & grant opportunities:

UST Diversity Grants

Graduate students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA and who bring to the school distinctive personal characteristics or who have overcome significant obstacles or hardships should apply for a diversity grant.

UST Yellow Ribbon Program for Post 9/11 GI Bill Recipients

The University of St. Thomas is proud to continue a long tradition of supporting veterans by participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program

Federal "Public Loan Forgiveness Program"

Social work students often ask about eligibility for the Federal "Public Loan Forgivenees Program."  Learn more about the Public Loan Forgiveness Program

Outside Scholarship Searches

The UST Graduate Financial Aid website also had links to outside scholarship searches that graduate students should explore for additional scholarship opportunities.  The link to recommended search sites can be found here.

School of Social Work Scholarships & Grants

The School of Social Work provides a number of scholarship and grant awards from its own resources to incoming graduate students each year, including the Dean's Scholarships and Diversity Grants. If eligible, notices of these awards are included in the applicants' acceptance packets and there is no separate application process. These scholarships & grants are awarded for the first year of study only and are non-renewable.  

If you are a St. Kate's or St. Thomas undergraduate alumna/us, regardless of major, you are eligible for an alumni grant. 

St. Kate’s – St. Thomas Undergraduate Alumni Grant

For those entering the program in 2015, all undergraduate alumni from St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas are eligible to receive a Master of Social Work tuition discount of 10%. This opportunity applies to all St. Kate's and St. Thomas undergraduate alumni/ae, regardless of major.

The Alumni Grant represents a tuition discount of 10%. Admitted students who are eligible for a Dean’s Scholarship or the Diversity Grant are not eligible to receive multiple awards, so will be offered the award of greatest value.  The Alumni Grant will be deducted from each semester's tuition for the duration of the MSW program.


After acceptance to the MSW program, incoming students are provided information about additional scholarship and financial assistance programs for which they are invited to apply. 

These opportunities include the following:

Areas of Emphasis Scholars: Gero Practice, Military Practice, and Practice with Immigrants & Refugees

The School of Social Work offers several areas of emphasis in clinical practice that include a tuition stipend of $1000.  These include areas of emphasis in clinical social work:

MSW Research Assistantship Information & Application

The School of Social Work offers numerous graduate research assistantship opportunities each year. Applying for a research assistantship is an excellent opportunity to work with individual faculty or staff on academic research or special projects. Research assistantships run from September - May and are paid $10.50 / hr. Students are awarded a certain number of total hours for the year (typically 100 hours), depending on the faculty / staff member needs they are matched with.

RA Summary

2015-2016 Research Assistantship Application

Endowed Scholarships: Jan Andrews Schenk & Noel Ryan

Accepted students can apply for the following endowed scholarships offered by the School of Social Work:

  • Jan Andrews Schenk Memorial Scholarship for a student who demonstrates commitment to the promotion of social justice through social group work. JASMS Summary. 2015 application will be available by Feb 1, 2015.
  • Noel Ryan Endowed Scholarship for a student who is employed or has a placement in the field of public child welfare or child protection - 2015 application will be available by Feb 1, 2015.

The Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE) Program

HPPAE is a national initiative that provides an opportunity to explore geriatric social work as part of the foundation year of the MSW curriculum. Download the HPPAE App 2015.

Diversity Social Work Advance Program (DSWAP)

The Family Partnership's (TFP's) DSWAP program is designed to increase the number of individuals from immigrant, refugee and minority communities working in the field of mental health. The School of Social Work partners with TFP to select up to three DSWAP Scholars each year. DSWAP Summary. 2015 application will be available by Feb 1, 2015.

Outside Scholarships

Prospective MSW students are encouraged to seek additional Outside Scholarships from other professional associations/organizations. This list represents those with which we are currently familiar, but many students find additional opportunities through their own research.