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Finding Your Funding

October 11, 2018

Need Another Reason to Apply by the Priority Deadline?

A key part of all social work education is the field placement or internship. In our program, students work with our Office of Field Education through the interview process with agencies and to secure a field placement. Some agencies that we work with have early interviews, meaning only students accepted during the priority round would be eligible to apply for a field placement there during their first year in the program. These agencies are:

  • Maria Droste
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Denver Family Institute
  • All court internships

We have relationships with over 500 agencies throughout the state for field placements, but if you have your heart set on interviewing with one of these agencies for a chance at having your field placement there, you must apply by the priority deadline. As a reminder, the priority deadline is October 31st, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Finding Your Funding

As you gear up for graduate school, it is likely that you have money on your mind (in addition to the excitement of the academic and career journey you are about to begin, of course). To ease those financial woes, we at MSU Denver are committed to providing you with a quality MSW Program at a fraction of the cost of other MSW Programs.

Still, paying for graduate school takes careful thought and consideration. We have prepared information to provide an overview of the different avenues to research when considering how to pay for graduate school.

FAFSA (Federal Student Aid)

Do I have to pay it back? Yes

Do I qualify to apply? Yes, and they have improved the process to allow you to apply now and use your 2017 tax information

Due Date: Open Now!

How to find out more: Click Here

Child Welfare Stipend Program

Do I have to pay it back? No, but you do have to work for 1 year post degree in an approved child welfare setting at a county Department of Human Services in Colorado

Do I qualify to apply? Yes! Newly admitted MSW students are eligible to apply for the 2018-19 academic year BUT for full consideration for the stipend interested applicants should apply to the program by the priority deadline.

Due Date: TBD

How to find out more: Click Here

HRSA BHWET Stipend Program

Do I have to pay it back? No

Do I qualify to apply? Only if you are an Advanced Standing applicant. We encourage applicants interested in the HRSA stipedn to apply by the priority deadline for full consideration for the stipend.

Due Date: TBD

How to find out more: Click Here

Department of Social Work Scholarships

The Deparment of Social Work is pleased to offer the following scholarships:

  • Diversity Scholarship - $5,000 (two awarded each academic year)
  • Gerontology Scholarship - $5,000 (two awarded each academic year)
  • Bilingual & Bicultural (Latinx/Hispanic) Scholarship - $10,000 (one awarded each academic year)

Do I have to pay it back? No

Do I qualify to apply? Yes! Even before you receive an admission decision, we encourage you to apply

Due Date: March 1st, 2019

How to find out more: Click Here

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Program

Do I have to pay it back? No

Do I qualify to apply? Yes, if you are accepted into the MSW Program

Due Date: Summer 2019

How to find out more: Click Here

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Let the MSU Denver Scholarship Office help you search their database

Do I have to pay it back? Depends on the opportunity

Do I qualify to apply? Depends on the opportunity

Due Date: Depends on the opportunity

How to find out more: Click Here

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Denver, CO 80217-3362


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