Students enrolled in the online MSW program can utilize loans and scholarships to fund their education. Loans are administered by the USC Financial Aid Office.

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Scholarships

In addition to loan programs administered by the USC Financial Aid Office, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck 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.

For questions about the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Scholarship Programs, please contact Scholarship Programs and Financial Aid. For the quickest response, please submit a web contact form.

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.

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.

Ahmanson Scholarship

The Ahmanson Scholarship provides $1,000–$5,000 awards for veterans to supplement tuition costs not covered by entitlement benefits.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must:

  • Be a full-time MSW or MSN student (on ground or VAC) during the 2018–2019 academic year
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Qualify for military status (veteran/active duty/reserve)
  • Be eligible for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Students who have exhausted G.I. Bill benefits are still eligible.)
  • Not be supported by Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or above

Students can apply for this scholarship using the email link that will be sent in Fall 2018.

University Scholarships and Fellowships

Many USC-affiliated organizations offer competitive scholarships to qualifying students who demonstrate merit, financial need, and campus and community involvement.

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.

Loan Repayment

For general information about student loan repayment, to access loan repayment calculators, and to learn more about loan forgiveness or income-driven repayment plans, please visit the US Department of Education loan repayment information page.

Additional Resources

Additionally, you should consult other financial aid sources through local libraries, online search engines, federal agencies, private foundations and organizations.