Sources of Financial Aid

The following funds are awarded to eligible full-time and part-time SSW Charles River Campus  and Off – Campus students. 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.  Unfortunately, our scholarship funds are limited and therefore awards are also based on the availability of funds. For continuing students, merit-based scholarship award decisions are based on the first year’s GPA and the availability of funds. Please note that the funds and amounts are subject to change.

All Full-Time Students

Scholarships

Urban Practice Scholarships Several scholarships awarded to full-time students based on merit. Awards are generally in the amount of full, three-quarter, one-half, and one-third of tuition.
Golda Edinburg Scholarship A  scholarship up to $5,000 awarded to a full-time clinical social work student who demonstrates a strong interest in mental health, based on merit and financial need.
Josephine Lambert Scholarship One scholarship up to $13,000 scholarship awarded to a continuing full-time ALANA student based on merit.
Legacy Scholarship Several scholarships awarded to full-time students based on merit (amounts to be determined).
Thomas D. Mackey III Memorial Scholarship One or more scholarships up to $8,000 awarded to a full-time student who has experience in and/or a commitment to group work with people with the HIV virus.
Naomi Osterman Scholarship A scholarship up to $10,000 awarded to a full-time student with high merit.
SSW Scholarships Several scholarships up to full tuition, awarded to full-time students based on merit.

Employment

Federal Work Study Available funds are provided by a federal allocation and a School of Social Work matching contribution. SSW recipients are selected by SSW Financial Aid and must meet federal need and other criteria. SSW work-study students are paid a weekly salary at a fixed amount. Job assignments, which are 10 hours per week, are coordinated with the student’s class schedule. Students are placed in positions within the School of Social Work.

Loans

Federal Perkins Loan Federal Perkins Loan is a federally funded, 5% interest loan awarded to full-time students based on need. Students are generally awarded up to $3,000.

Full-Time Continuing Students

Scholarships

Barbara L. Locke Scholarship A scholarship up to $9,000 awarded to a continuing full-time student based on merit.
Tina G. Howell Scholarship A scholarship ranging from $500 to $1,500 awarded to one or more continuing full-time students in human services management based on merit.
Richard Cohen Scholarship A scholarship up to $1,500 awarded to one or more continuing full-time clinical social work practice with groups student based on merit

Full-Time Incoming Students

Scholarships

City Year Scholarships           Through BUSSW’s give a year partnership with City Year, one 100% tuition scholarship and two 50% scholarships are awarded annually to incoming full-time students who are a City Year corps member, alumna/us, or staff member.

All Continuing Students

Scholarships

Miriam Hurwitz Scholarship A scholarship up to $5,000 based on financial need and merit, awarded to a student with a minimum of 30 credits and a 3.5 GPA.
Dean Wilma Peebles-Wilkins Human Relations Scholarship A scholarship up to $3,000 awarded to one or more second-year students who demonstrate outstanding ability in communicating and interacting across cultural, racial, and ethnic lines.
Holly Margolin Zwerling Scholarship A scholarship up to $800 awarded to a full- or part-time continuing student who, through life and/or work experience, demonstrates a commitment to and/or interest in parenting support issues and programs.

All Part-Time Students

Scholarships

Ruskin Scholarship A scholarship up to $400 awarded to a part-time student based on merit.
Ann A. Ramsey Scholarship Awarded to part-time students based on merit (amounts to be determined).

All Full-Time and Part-Time Students

Scholarships

Wendy Carol Byers Memorial Scholarship A scholarship of up to $5,000 awarded to a full- or part-time student with a disability.
Richard B. DeWolfe Scholarship Scholarships of up to $10,000 awarded to one or more students based on merit and financial need, with a preference for students from Metropolitan College.
Carolyn Dillon Scholarship A scholarship up to $1,500 awarded to a full- or part-time student.
Mary Louise Dillon Scholarship A scholarship of up to $10,000 awarded to a full- or part-time ALANA student based on merit.
Annette Schaffer Eskind Scholarship A scholarship up to $15,000 awarded to full- or part-time students based on merit.
L. & A. Frey Multicultural Education Scholarship Several scholarships of up to $5,000 awarded to full- or part-time students who are engaged in multicultural academic activities.
Frances H. Gelber Scholarship A scholarship up to $3,000 awarded to a full- or part-time ALANA student based on merit.
Hubie Jones Urban Social Work Scholarship Two scholarships of up to $6,000 awarded to full- or part-time students who are engaged in social work practice in an urban setting.
Ina Morgan Scholarship Several scholarships awarded to full- or part-time students based on merit (amounts to be determined).
Mundell Memorial Prize A scholarship up to $800 awarded to a full- or part-time parenting student.
Angelina Aliberti Ruggie Scholarship A scholarship up to $2,000 awarded to a student based on merit.
Sybil M. Shapiro Memorial Scholarship A scholarship up to $1,500 awarded to a full- or part-time student based on merit.
Jane Stewart Prize An award up to $600 granted to a deserving full- or part-time student.
Boston University Whitney Young Jr., Fellowship Boston University annually awards a Whitney M. Young, Jr., Fellowship in recognition of the outstanding contributions made by Whitney M. Young, Jr., particularly in the fields of social work, urban studies, and African-American studies. An applicant should be an entering or continuing student who is a US citizen. The recipient of the award will be selected on the basis of having displayed academic proficiency in a field related to race relations or urban problems. Awards provide a stipend for living expenses, a scholarship for up to full-time tuition at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS) rate plus the Student Services and Health & Wellness fees, and Boston University Student Basic Medical Insurance Plan for one year. Application Form and all materials must be submitted by February 20, 2015.

Loans

Federal Direct  Unsubsidized Loan Loans available to students with eligibility based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students applying for a loan may complete the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Request Form.
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan One of the loans available to students with eligibility based on credit. Students applying for a loan may complete the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan Request Form.

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