Financial Aid

The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work recognizes that financing undergraduate or graduate education is extremely important, especially because the cost of higher education continues to increase each year. The University’s Financial Aid Office administers the process of awarding scholarships and loans to undergraduate students and loans to the school’s graduate students. The School of Social Work awards scholarships to its master’s level students and scholarships and assistantships to its PhD students.

Financial aid is not awarded to any student until admission to the University or School has been granted. Early application for financial aid is strongly encouraged.

BASW Program

For complete instructions on applying for financial aid, please visit the University’s Financial Aid website. 

To view/accept/decline awards, follow these instructions. 

MSW Program

Each year, the school has a priority admissions deadline of December 31. All first time MSW applicants to the school who complete thier application by the priority deadline, and have a minimum 4 year undergraduate GPA of 3.4 are guarenteed both acceptance and a scholarship assistance. The school's regular application deadline is April 30. 

Tuition Rates (2016-2017):

 

Full Time/ year

Full Time/ Term

Part Time/ Per credit

In State
$21,748
$10,874
$877
Out of State
$29,652
$14,826
$1,211

Students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Pitt's federal school code is 008815. The FAFSA form is not available until January for those applying for the next academic year.

To view/accept/decline awards, follow these instructions. 

For complete instructions on applying for financial aid, please visit the University’s Financial Aid website.

PhD Program

Each year, the school enrolls 6 to 8 students in its PhD program. Each of these students receives fully funded tuition support for four years. Additionally, all first-, second-, and third-year students will receive a graduate student appointment as a faculty assistant or teaching fellow. The School of Social Work is also committed to providing financial support over the summer to all students within the first four years of the program. Candidates should contact SSWPhDAdmissions@pitt.edu to discuss these opportunities. Students applying for loan-based aid must follow the same guideline instructions provided in the MSW section of this page.