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Child Welfare Stipend Eligibility & Requirements

Stipend Eligibility

Child welfare stipends are available to students in both the full time and part time BSSW and MSW programs, including those completing their degrees online and MSW Advanced Standing students.

BSSW students apply for a stipend during their junior year but can only receive a stipend for their final year in the program when they are in their field placement.

MSW students can apply for a stipend prior to their acceptance into the MSW Program but will need to be accepted into the program to participate in an interview and accept the stiped for their foundation year (Regular Program) or concentration year (Advanced Standing Program). Foundation year students can also apply to receive a stipend for their concentration year. If you are in the MSW Program on the full time plan, you are eligible to apply for the stipend. Part time BSSW and MSW students, download the Child Welfare Stipend & the BSSW and MSW Part-Time Programs document for more information.


Stipend Requirements

All stipend recipients must:

  • complete their field placement (internship) in a county department of human services.
  • complete one year (12 months) of work “payback” in a Colorado county department human services or Tribal child welfare agency for each year of stipend funding received.

Learn more about Child Welfare Stipend Payback Process.

BSSW Stipend Recipients

The following courses must be completed by stipend recipients BEFORE beginning their senior year. These courses are offered in the Spring and Summer semesters.

  • SWK 3100 – Child Welfare and the Law
  • SWK 3150 – Social Work and Child Maltreatment

Professional Field Experience: In order to integrate classroom knowledge with practice and to experience the roles and requirements of a professional social worker, students complete a two-semester field placement (internship) during their senior year in the program. Stipend recipients are required to complete their field placement in a Colorado county department of human services for a minimum of 16 hours per week. To learn more about the field placement process and experience, click here.

Stipend recipients must complete the same social work and non-social work pre-requisites and multicultural perspective requirements as all other social work majors.

MSW Stipend Recipients

Must follow the Children and Families pathway in the MSW Program.

Professional Field Experience: In order to integrate classroom knowledge with practice and to experience the roles and requirements of a professional social worker, students complete a two-semester field placement (internship) during both their foundation and concentration/advanced standing year(s). Stipend recipients are required to complete their field placement in a Colorado county department of human services for a minimum of 16 hours per week during their foundation year. Concentration year stipend recipients will also complete their field placement in a county department of human services for a minimum of 20 hours per week. To learn more about the field placement process and experience, click here.


Questions? Contact: Lara Bruce, Child Welfare Stipend Coordinator, lbruce9@msudenver.edu or 303-605-7010.


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Contact Information

Main Office Phone:

303-615-0555

Location:

Main Office
Central Classroom Suite 201

Office of Field Education
Central Classroom Suite 202

Office of Social Work Student Services
Central Classroom Suite 206

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Mailing Address:

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Social Work
PO Box 173362 CB 70
Denver, CO 80217-3362


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