Master of Social Work Financial Aid

GSSW On-Campus Programs

Earning your master of social work is one of the most rewarding investments you’ll ever make—but going back to school impacts your time, personal life and financial status. We’ll work with you to identify a financial aid package that addresses the cost of your education. Plus, we offer scholarships to 100 percent of our admitted students.

One of the most common questions we receive about pursuing an MSW is, "How can I afford this?" Our alumni will attest that the GSSW reputation, job satisfaction after graduation and the lifelong professional relationships they build here make the financial costs worthwhile.

If you are looking for tuition information for MSW@Denver, GSSW's online MSW program, please visit the MSW@Denver website

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Our GSSW Enrollment team will help answer your questions about scholarships, loans and other opportunities for the MSW program. Have your financial aid questions answered in a 1:1 virtual 15-minute phone call or zoom video conference with an Enrollment team member today.

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$9 million We award more than $9 million in student scholarships each year.

Master of Social Work Scholarships

  • Graduate School of Social Work Scholarships

    For our Denver Campus MSW program, we provide more than $9 million in merit aid each year, and every student receives a scholarship. If admitted, scholarships are awarded in your acceptance letter. You don't need to apply for these funds; award amounts are granted based on academic achievements, personal accomplishments and experience. Some scholarships are available due to the generous endowments of our benefactors who understand the incredible importance of educating the next generation of social workers to create social change.

    For the Four Corners MSW program, if you are a Native American student in a Southwest Tribe, you may qualify for the John and Sophie Ottens Foundation Scholarship.

  • Volunteer Scholarships

    In recognition of their profound contributions to social justice and systemic change, GSSW proudly awards Peace Corps, Teach for America and AmeriCorps alumni a one-time, one-year $5,000 public service scholarship in addition to their merit award. This scholarship is only available to Denver Campus MSW students. All City Year AmeriCorps, alumni or staff members admitted into the full-time Denver Campus MSW Programs will automaticaly receive a minimum $16,000 merit scholarship. City Year applicants will be considered for additional merit aid based on the strength of the application.

    A separate application is not required to receive the public service scholarship, but you will need to add your volunteer or program history in the “Affiliations” section of the MSW application.

  • Yellow Ribbon Unlimited Benefit

    GSSW is an Unlimited Yellow Ribbon school. If you are an eligible Post 9/11 GI Bill veteran, you could qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Unlimited Benefit, which covers the full cost of tuition.

GSSW stipends are also a great way to fund your education.

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Student Loans

There are three types of student loans available to you:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan: amounts up to $20,500 each year
    • This is the most widely used loan for graduate students. To qualify, you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The institutional code for the University of Denver is 001371. Advanced standing students must complete two FAFSAs—one for the current year and one for the next year since they begin studies in summer quarter.
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan: amounts up to the cost of attendance
  • Private education loans: amounts up to the cost of attendance
  • Student Loan Forgiveness

    Loan forgiveness programs promote careers in fields that are under-serviced or fields that meet particular community needs. Depending on your situation, all or a portion of your loans may be cancelled or forgiven through these programs.

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Visit DU's financial aid website to learn more about each loan type.

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Cost of Attendance

Many students pay for their education with a combination of scholarships, stipends and student loans. If admitted, you will calculate a total cost of attendance (COA) in consultation with DU’s Central Financial Aid Office. You can estimate your tuition rate per credit and annual tuition using DU's tuition calculator. The COA includes the master of social work tuition costs plus living expenses such as rent, transportation, food, etc. 

The tuition below reflects the 2023-24 academic year; tuition is subject to change each year. Note: The University of Denver recently moved from a flat tuition rate to a per credit hour tuition rate. This new tuition structure is reflected in the chart below. 

Denver Campus MSW Total Tuition 


Program Tuition Curriculum Plans

Fall 2024
Denver Campus MSW Program

(81 credits)

$1,310 per credit hour Denver Campus MSW Curriculum Plan

Summer 2024 

Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Program

(54 credits)

$1,310 per credit hour Denver Campus Advanced-Standing MSW Curriculum Plan

Merit scholarships for the Denver Campus MSW Programs range from $8,000 to $46,000.


Western Colorado and Four Corners MSW Total Tuition 


Program Tuition

Fall 2024 Four Corners MSW Program 

(81 credits)

$834 per credit hour

Summer 2024 Western Colorado Advanced-Standing MSW Program

(54 credits)

$834 per credit hour

Additional Funding Options

Federal Work-Study

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Many GSSW students work part-time while in the program. If you're a full-time first-year or second-year student and you complete the FAFSA, you may be eligible for Federal Work-Study. The average annual award is $5,000, requiring that you work about 10-15 hours per week. Work-study students can work alongside faculty members while assisting with their active research projects or support GSSW operations while working with staff teams such as field education, admission and student services.

Social Work Research Assistantships

Social work research assistantships

Our faculty and institutes regularly have research assistantships that are open to MSW students. These students work on active research projects and receive community-based research experience, which is a strong resume builder. Last year 30 MSW students received research assistantships and were compensated up to $25 an hour.

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