Tuition & Financial Aid

Paying For Your Education

At the School of Social Work, we realize that pursuing a graduate degree demands significant personal and financial commitment. Our financial aid staff is here to help you find ways to make your education affordable. Among our financial aid resources are scholarship funds, Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and other private funds available to help defray the cost of your education. The University and the School of Social Work assume that all students will contribute financially to their graduate education and we encourage the exploration of outside funding sources. Scholarship awards for incoming Charles River Campus and Off-Campus students are based on a combination of factors taken from the admissions application and rated by the faculty readers.  Those factors include merit/academic performance, experience, recommendations, personal statement, and diversity.  For the 2015/2016 academic year, about 59 percent of our incoming students were able to be supported in this way.  Many, however, receive partial support and supplement through additional loan programs.

2016-17 MSW Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.

Budget breakdown

Full-Time SSW Students (Enrolled for 12 to 18 credits)
Tuition: $32,000 per year
Graduate Student Services Fee: $156 per semester
Graduate Program Fee: $20 per year
Health and Wellness Fee: $199 per semester
Medical Insurance: $2,014
Part-Time SSW Students (Enrolled for ½ to 11 credits)
Tuition: $1,000 per credit for Charles River Campus;$665 per credit for Off-Campus Programs: Cape Cod, BU North-Bedford and Fall River campuses
Part-Time Student Services Fee: $60 per semester
Medical Insurance: $2,014
Online Program Part-Time SSW Students (Enrolled for ½ to 11 credits)
Tuition: $750 per credit
Part-Time Student Services Fee: $60 per semester
Technology Fee: $60 per credit per semester
Summer School 2016 SSW Students (Full-Time, Part-Time, and Advanced Standing)
Tuition: $903 per credit for Charles River Campus;$625 per credit for Off-Campus Programs: Cape Cod, BU North-Bedford and Fall River; $705 per credit for Online Programs
Part-Time Student Services Fee: $60 per semester
Technology Fee: $60 per credit per semester (Online Programs)

Full-time and part-time (at least 6 credits per semester) Charles River and Off-Campus students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States are eligible to apply for financial aid from the School of Social Work. Unfortunately, we are unable to award financial aid to international students. While scholarship funds are not available to Online students at this time, Online students may be eligible for funding in the form of a Federal  Direct Unsubsidized Loan, private credit-based loans, tuition reimbursement through employers, and veterans benefits.

Incoming Charles River and Off-Campus Students

Full- and part-time applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States should complete the financial assistance questions within the online admissions application. You must answer these questions online admissions application to be eligible to receive an award decision with an acceptance packet. If you answered “no” to applying for financial aid on your online admissions application, please complete an Incoming Student Application for Financial Assistance if you now want to apply for financial aid. Scholarship awards for incoming students are based on a combination of factors taken from the admissions application and rated by the faculty readers.  Those factors include merit/academic performance, experience, recommendations, personal statement, and diversity.  For the 2015/2016 academic year, about 59 percent of our incoming students were able to be supported in this way.  Many, however, receive partial support and supplement through additional loan programs. If you wish to be considered for merit scholarships (Charles River Campus and Off-Campus students), you should submit your online admissions application, which includes the questions for financial aid consideration, by the deadline of February 15. On or after October 1, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). You may complete a FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA must be submitted by March 1.

Incoming Online Students

SSW Online applicants may be eligible for funding in the form of a Federal  Direct Unsubsidized Loan, private credit-based loans, tuition reimbursement through employers, as well as veterans benefits.  Unfortunately, Boston University SSW Scholarship funding is not available to Online students. Students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States should complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You may complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov.  You are also required to complete a Boston University SSW loan request form, available along with other financial aid requirements at Information For Online Students.

Continuing Charles River Campus and Off-Campus Students

Full-time and part-time applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States should complete a Continuing CRC and OCP Student Application for Financial Assistance. Merit-based scholarship award decisions for continuing students are based on the SSW cumulative GPA and the availability of funds. On or after October 1, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Please Note: Your 2015 Federal Income Tax Return is used to complete the 2017/2018 FAFSA, so you do not need to wait until your 2016 Federal Income Tax Return is completed.

FAFSA Deadline March 1
Incoming Student Financial Assistance Deadline You must answer the financial aid questions included within the admissions application to be eligible to receive an award decision with an acceptance packet. If you did not submit it with your admissions application, you may complete the Incoming Student Application for Financial Assistance and submit it directly to the SSW Financial Aid office.
Continuing Student Financial Assistance Deadline March 1 (Download the form here.)
Incoming Student Deadline to Accept Financial Aid Decision Accepted students are required to reserve a space and accept a financial aid award by submitting an enrollment deposit by the specified date, which is generally two (2) weeks from the date of the decision letter. There is a waiting list for scholarships. Therefore, we are unable to hold financial aid awards that have not been accepted by that date. If a scholarship award has not been accepted by the specified date, it will be rescinded and re-awarded to the next person on the waiting list.

Payment Deadlines

Charles River Campus and Off-Campus applicants accepted for admission are required to make a $300 deposit to reserve their space. The deposit is applied to the first semester’s tuition. Under no circumstances will this deposit be refunded if the student does not enroll. BU employees accepted to the MSW program are not required to submit a tuition deposit, but they should contact Admissions & Financial Aid to confirm their intent to enroll. Accepted Online MSW program students should contact sswolp@bu.edu to confirm enrollment.
Once you receive your financial aid decision you can find more information here.
If you have a credit balance once your account is settled, you may request a refund in the Student Link under Money Matters, Student Account Inquiry. Each semester, we can begin approving refund requests starting the first day of classes for SSW. Refunds generally take a few days to process once the funds are in your Student Account. Please see more information about refunds here.
Students must make satisfactory academic progress in order to be eligible for renewal of financial aid.  The Boston University School of Social Work Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy outlines the requirements for SAP, the procedure for measuring SAP, and the appeals process.
If you need to withdraw or take a leave of absence from the Boston University School of Social Work, you can find specific information about how to proceed here.
Verification is a process required by federal regulations to check the accuracy of the information that students provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when applying for financial aid.  The Boston University School of Social Work Verfication Procedures outline the verification process and procedures for students who are selected for verification.
For online tools, information, and other resources to promote effective money management, that was created by BU Financial Assistance for the Boston University community, visit Smart Money 101.
For more information about available scholarship awards for students at the Boston University School of Social Work,          click here.
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Questions?

For Charles River Campus Students:

Ina Frye Senior Manager of Financial Aid Boston University School of Social Work 264 Bay State Road, Room 103A Boston, MA 02215 Phone: 617-353-3750 Fax: 617-353-5612 ifrye@bu.edu

For Off-Campus and Online Students:

Sandra Butler Manager of Financial Aid Boston University School of Social Work 264 Bay State Road, Room 103A Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-3750 Fax: 617-353-5612 sebutler@bu.edu