New applicants to the MSW program will be emailed a link to the scholarship application after the respective application deadlines. Advanced Standing applicants will be notified of award decisions in March; new Full-time and 3-Year Distance Education applicants will be notified of award decisions in April. Continuing students will be emailed a link to the scholarship application in March and will receive award notifications in May.
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 student aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 of each year. After you apply, visit the Connect Carolina Student Service Center to check your application status. An email will also be sent to your UNC email address with updates about your financial aid eligibility once the FAFSA is completed. Notifications about federal financial aid eligibility will begin in March and continue through the spring. Please contact the Office of Scholarships & Student Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions about federal student aid.
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.