The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Tuition, Financial Aid, Scholarships & Assistantships

Tuition, Financial Aid, Scholarships & Assistantships

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: The SCU - UST MSW program tuition rate for the 2014-15 academic year is $748 per credit.  Advanced standing students take a total of 42 credits; Regular standing students take a total of 60 credits. 

Technology fee: Graduate students who take six or more credits are assessed a $99 technology fee each term.  The technology fee for students taking three to five credits is $49 per term.

Activity fee: All students are charged a $25 activity fee each fall / spring semester.*

Application fee: There is a $35 non-refundable application fee that covers the evaluation of the student's application and credentials.  Prospective students who attend an information session (either on-campus or online) will have this fee waived. 

* Because the MSW program is offered jointly between St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas, students have access to the resources and facilities of both universities.  Students may use the libraries, athletic facilities, student centers, career development centers, etc... on both campuses.

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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. For more information, visit the graduate financial aid website, or connect with the designated MSW financial aid counselor, Amanda Helmandollar, at 651-962-4052 / amanda.helmandollar@stthomas.edu.

Additional resources offered through University of St. Thomas Graduate Financial Aid: 

  • 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.  
  • 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

For a listing of other possible scholarship opportunities offered through the university, click here.

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School of Social Work Scholarships & Grants

Dean's Scholarships and Diversity 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.

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:


*If you have trouble downloading any of the scholarship applications, please email
Hiyana@stthomas.edu and request to have the appropriate application emailed to you.

Areas of Emphasis Scholars

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 Download

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.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTSHIP APPLICATION FOR 2014-2015 - Download the Research Assistantship application HERE

Endowed Scholarships

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 - Download the application HERE
  • Noel Ryan Endowed Scholarship for a student who is employed or has a placement in the field of public child welfare or child protection - Download the application HERE

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 application HERE

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. Download the application HERE

Outside Scholarships

Prospective MSW students are encouraged to seek additional scholarship opportunities from other professional associations/organizations. For a listing of outside scholarship and loan opportunities compiled by the School of Social Work, click here.