The new deadlines for 2014-2015 SSW Scholarship applications are as follows:
- February 21, 2014 -- Advanced Standing Program applicants
- March 17, 2014 -- New Full-time and 3-year Distance Education Program applicants
- April 14, 2014 -- Continuing Full-time and 3-year Distance Education students
All applicants and current students will be notified by email when the application is available.
Doctoral students should contact Brenda Vawter for information on financial assistance. See: Financial Aid for UNC School of Social Work Doctoral Students
Most students depend on scholarships and loans to finance their education.The School of Social Work, UNC Graduate School, and Office of Scholarships and Student Aid each offer a limited number of awards. Many are not announced until just before school opens in the fall and in some cases, after the semester is underway.
For detailed Information on student billing, payment options and tax reporting, please visit the University's Finance Division website.
Please see the following resources for more detailed information:
The School of Social Work nominates applicants for the awards below, although determination of need and selection are made by the University's Graduate School.
- Merit Assistantships (Stipend, tuition and health insurance for first academic year.) Awards based mainly on competitive GRE scores and GPA. MSW students work 12-15 hours/week as research assistants.
- Weiss Urban Livability Masters Fellowship (Stipend, tuition and health insurance for first academic year.) Awards based mainly on competitive GRE scores, GPA and student's interest in urban livability. Students participate several times each semester in interdisciplinary forums and activities with other fellows and collaborate with fellows in designing a project. MSW students work 12-15 hours/week as research assistants.
- Tuition Remission Awards (Stipend, tuition and health insurance.) Recipients nominated for special skills or experiences they bring to the School and for competitive GRE scores and GPA. MSW students work 12-15 hours/week as research assistants.
Students applying for federal financial assistance should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants should then contact the University Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, 111 Pettigrew Hall, CB# 2300, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-2300 for information about eligibility for loans.
Completion of the FAFSA is also necessary to apply for Stafford or Perkins loans. New rules regarding Perkins loans may make them particularly attractive to social work students. Loan indebtedness may be reduced for any student borrower who becomes a full-time employee of a public or private nonprofit child or family service agency that is providing services to high-risk children from low-income communities. This reduction may also apply to a full-time professional provider of early intervention services in a public or other nonprofit program under public supervision as authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
UNC and the School of Social Work recognize that students sometimes face unexpected financial hardships. A limited number of emergency loans are available to assist during those times.
Additional Resources for Funding
The School of Social Work encourages applicants and enrolled students to seek both internal and external resources to finance their graduate study. We have compiled a list of potential resources for funding, but please note this is not an exhaustive list of available awards.