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.  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

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 $10,000 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 $10,000 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 $12,000 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 $12,000 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.

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 an hourly rate. Students may choose a position that interests them within or outside of the School of Social Work and apply directly.  Job listings can be found in the Student Link under the “Work” tab and are available for viewing starting August 2017.

Full-Time Continuing Students

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

Advanced Standing Scholarships: Several scholarships awarded to incoming, full-time advanced standing students

Bridge Scholarships: A number of scholarships awarded to incoming full-time students who participated in the BUSSW Bridge Program.

City Year Scholarships: Through BUSSW’s City Year Alumni University Partnership, 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

First Generation Scholarships: Several scholarships awarded to incoming full-time students who are the first in their family to attend graduate school

Macro Scholarships: Several scholarships awarded to incoming, full-time macro students

Mundell Memorial Prize: A scholarship up to $800 awarded to an incoming full- or part-time parenting student.

All Continuing Students

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.

All Part-Time Students

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

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 (already accepted and planning to attend) 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 received by February 17, 2017.
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.

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.
Credit-Based Loans (incl. Fed Direct Grad PLUS Loan Credit-based loans available to students with eligibility based on credit. Students applying for a loan may click on the “Credit Based Loans” link below for more information and applications.

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