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USC@MSW 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.

For questions about the USC School of Social Work Scholarship Programs, please find information about contacting us hereFor the quickest response, please submit a web contact form.

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.

Emergency Scholarship
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 click here.

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.

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.

Additional Resources

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

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