MSW@USC students utilize loans and scholarships to fund their education. Loans are administered by the USC Financial Aid Office. Through the USC Financial Aid Office you can find more information about Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
School of Social Work Scholarships
In addition to loan programs administered by the USC Financial Aid Office, the USC School of Social Work provides scholarship resources. Scholarships are awarded to incoming students based upon their application for admission, and the VAC Scholarship Application. Continuing students will receive information about scholarship opportunities throughout their time in the program.
Virtual Academic Center Dean’s Leadership Scholarship
The Dean’s Leadership Scholars are an elite group of students that receive $12,500 per semester for a total of $50,000 throughout the program. Only incoming full-time Virtual Academic Center students with demonstrated leadership capacity and experience are eligible. All interested and eligible students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, with two or more years of human/social service and leadership experience. Students will be considered based on the aforementioned criteria, leadership skills, experience and interests detailed in the resume and statement of purpose, as well as the overall quality of the admissions application. To apply for this scholarship, please complete the Virtual Academic Center Dean’s Leadership scholarship application at the time you apply for admission.
City Year Scholarship
The City Year Scholarship is awarded to two incoming full-time students per year who have performed a year of service to underprivileged communities through the City Year—Give a Year program and demonstrate academic merit. Recipients are awarded $7,500 per semester for a total of $30,000. For more information, please visit the City Year website.
Students who face unexpected expenses can apply for the MSW Emergency Scholarship. Applications are reviewed by a committee and can only be received one time in a student’s academic career at USC. To apply, please fill out the Emergency Scholarship Application.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Students eligible for the Post-911 G.I. Bill who meet the specified criteria can earn tuition awards of up to $20,000 through a matched scholarship program with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information about receiving Yellow Ribbon or other VA Benefits, please visit the USC Office of Academic Records and Registrar.
University Scholarships and Fellowships
Many USC-affiliated organizations offer competitive scholarships to qualifying students who demonstrate merit, financial need, and campus and community involvement.
- Norman Topping Student Aid Fund
- USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Scholarship
- USC Black Alumni Association Scholarship
- USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association Scholarship
- USC Latino Alumni Association Scholarship
- Rockwell Dennis Hunt Scholastic Award
- Town and Gown Scholarship for Students with Physical Disabilities
- Town and Gown Scholarships
- University Staff Club Graduate Scholarships
Professional Organization and Foundation Resources
This is a partial listing of scholarship funds available to social work and graduate-level students, some of which promote community building, social justice and other social work-related ideas.
- American Association of University Women
- Council on Social Work Education
- Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
- National Association of Social Workers Foundation
- The Point Foundation
- Federal Student Loan Repayment Program
- National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment
- National Institutes of Health
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
Additionally, you should consult other financial aid sources through local libraries, online search engines, federal agencies, private foundations and organizations.