Financing Your Degree

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: The DSW program tuition rate for the 2019-20 academic year is $1131 per credit.  A total of 45 credits is required to complete the program. 

Technology fee: In 2019-20, graduate students who take six or more credits will be assessed a $112.50 technology fee each term.  The technology fee for students taking three to five credits is $56.25 per term.

Health fee: In 2019-20, graduate students who take six or more credits will be assessed a $35 health fee each term.  The health fee for students taking three to five credits is $17.50 per term.

Application fee: There is a $50 non-refundable application fee that covers the evaluation of the student's application and credentials.

Summer residency expenses: Students are responsible for their transportation to and from St. Paul, Minnesota, each year for the two-week summer residency. They are also responsible for the cost of the dorms and most meals during their stay.  The current nightly rate for the apartment-style dorms (which include kitchens) is $35 per night. More details can be found on the Getting Started page.

St. Thomas Financial Aid, Grants & Scholarships

All financial aid for the DSW 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. If you wish to be considered for summer financial aid (the first course of the program is a summer course), you may need to complete a separate FAFSA application for summer and fall.

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

Explore other Doctoral Funding Opportunities on the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) website»

The St. Thomas Graduate Financial Aid website has links to outside scholarship searches that doctoral students should explore for additional scholarship opportunities. The link to recommended search sites can be found here»

St. Catherine University has compiled this list of Health Professions Graduate Student Funding Opportunities, some of which may be applicable for DSW students.