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 resources are scholarship funds, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans, 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.  Unfortunately, our scholarship funds are limited and therefore awards are also based on the availability of funds.  For the 2013/2014 academic year, about 48 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 application for financial aid, by the priority deadline of January 15.

Cost of Attendance

2014-15 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: $29,800 per year
Graduate Student Services Fee: $151 per semester
Graduate Program Fee: $20 per year
Health and Wellness Fee: $167 per semester
Medical Insurance: $1,941 per year
Part-Time SSW Students
(Enrolled for ½ to 11 credits)
Tuition: $931 per credit (Charles River Campus)
$625 (Off-Campus Programs: Cape Cod, Chelmsford and Fall River campuses)
Part-Time Student Services Fee: $60 per semester
Medical Insurance: $1,941 per year
Online Program Part-Time SSW Students
(Enrolled for ½ to 11 credits)
Tuition: $705 per credit
Part-Time Student Services Fee: $60 per semester
Technology Fee: $60 per credit per semester
Summer School 2014 SSW Students
(Full-Time, Part-Time, and Advanced Standing)
Tuition: $903 per credit (Charles River Campus)
$605 per credit (Off-Campus Programs: Cape Cod, Chelmsford and Fall River)
$685 (Online Programs)
Part-Time Student Services Fee: $60 per semester
Technology Fee: $60 per credit per semester (Online Programs)

Eligibility

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.

How to Apply

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 application which can be found within the online admissions application. You must submit the financial assistance application with your online admissions application to be eligible to receive an award decision with an acceptance packet. If you did not submit your financial aid information with your online admissions application, please complete an Incoming Student Application for Financial Assistance.

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 the 2013/2014 academic year, about 48 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 application for financial aid, by the priority deadline of January 15.

On or after January 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 Online Student Financial Aid Information.

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 Student Application for Financial Assistance which should be available in December. Merit-based scholarship award decisions for continuing students are based on the SSW cumulative GPA and the availability of funds. On or after January 1, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Deadlines

FAFSA Deadline March 1
Incoming Student Financial Assistance Deadline You must submit the SSW Financial Assistance Application that is 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 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

Tuition Deposit

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.

Refunds

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.

Have 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