Financial Aid


BASW Program  |  MSW Program  |  PhD Program  |  Scholarships & Fellowships

The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work recognizes that financing undergraduate or graduate education is extremely important, especially because the cost of higher education continues to increase each year. The University’s Financial Aid Office administers the process of awarding scholarships and loans to undergraduate students and loans to the school’s graduate students. The School of Social Work awards scholarships to its master’s level students and scholarships and assistantships to its PhD students.

Financial aid is not awarded to any student until admission to the University or School has been granted. Early application for financial aid is strongly encouraged.

BASW Program

For complete instructions on applying for financial aid, please visit the University’s Financial Aid website. 

To view/accept/decline awards, follow these instructions. 

MSW Program

Each year, the school has a priority admissions deadline of January 10, 2021. All first time MSW applicants to the school who complete their application by the priority deadline, and have a minimum 4 year undergraduate GPA of 3.4 are guaranteed both acceptance and a scholarship assistance. The school's regular application deadline is May 31. 

NEW!  Part time students are eligible for a 15% tuition discount at both the Bradford or Johnstown campus location provided that they meet the following conditions:

  • Must be employed by either a non-profit or social service agency as a full-time employee for no less than 35 hours per week and work directly in a capacity with individuals, families, groups or communities. Students are not eligible for the discount if they are already receiving either tuition remission or reimbursement from the University or their employer.  Verification of employment must be provided by a signed letter on agency letterhead stationary by either the CEO or human services manager/director verifying your employment, weekly hours worked and job title.      

Tuition Rates (2020-2021):


Full Time/ year

Full Time/ Term

Part Time/ Per credit

In State
Out of State

Students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Pitt's federal school code is 008815. The FAFSA form is not available until January for those applying for the next academic year.

To view/accept/decline awards, follow these instructions. 

For complete instructions on applying for financial aid, please visit the University’s Financial Aid website.

PhD Program

Each year, the school enrolls 6 to 8 students in its PhD program. Each of these students receives fully funded tuition support for four years. Additionally, all first-, second-, and third-year students will receive a graduate student appointment as a faculty assistant or teaching fellow. The School of Social Work is also committed to providing financial support over the summer to all students within the first four years of the program. Candidates should contact to discuss these opportunities. Students applying for loan-based aid must follow the same guideline instructions provided in the MSW section of this page.

Scholarships & Fellowships

Realizing the increasing cost associated with graduate school education the School of Social Work has put together a listing of external scholarship and financial aid opportunities for our students.