Funding Your Degree

 

The Cost of Your Graduate Degree in Social Work

The U of A Treasurer’s Office provides up-to-date information on the average cost of attendance and an individualized tuition and fees calculator. Contact their office directly with questions concerning your in- or out-of-state tuition status. http://treasurernet.uark.edu/tuition.aspx

 

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Graduate Assistant (GA) Positions

The School of Social Work has a limited number of GA positions available each year.  These positions may involve teaching support, research, or administrative support, working directly with one or more faculty members for up to 20 hours per week and include a tuition waiver and stipend. (The percent of tuition and stipend amount varies; see the Graduate School website for more information).  To qualify, a student must be regularly admitted to the Graduate School and admitted to the MSW program without conditions.   See the following for instructions on how to apply for GA positions in the School of Social Work.  

The Graduate Assistant Application is available through the Graduate School. https://graduate-and-international.uark.edu/_resources/forms/ga-application.pdf 

 

Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) Fellowship

The HRSA Fellowship Program is designed to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce serving populations across the lifespan, including rural and medically underserved areas.  The HRSA Fellowship will provide financial stipends for up to 28 advanced level MSW students each year (2017-2021) who are placed in field internships that practice integrated, behavioral healthcare services to traditionally underserved, diverse clients and in rural and/or medically underserved areas. 

HRSA Fellows receive stipends totaling $10,000 ($5,000 per semester) to offset graduate school tuition, fees, transportation, and housing. Stipends will not interfere with student loans or other academic scholarships.

 

HRSA Scholarship Application

 

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL – UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

On the Graduate School website http://grad.uark.edu/ see “Funding Your Degree” for information on grants, scholarships, fellowships, and graduate assistantships.

Graduate Assistant Positions

Students admitted to the Graduate School and the MSW program may also apply for GA positions in other departments and offices on campus.  For more information, go to https://graduate-and-international.uark.edu/graduate/costs-and-funding/graduate-assistantships.php

Benjamin Franklin Lever Tuition Fellowship

Administered by the Graduate School, this fellowship is designed to increase diversity within degree programs by providing financial assistance to graduate students from underrepresented groups.” https://graduate-and-international.uark.edu/graduate/costs-and-funding/benjamin-lever-fellowship.php 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES – UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Office of Financial Aid   

http://finaid.uark.edu/

Academic Scholarship Office

Information on military educational benefits, military scholarships and the Veteran’s Resource Center. http://scholarships.uark.edu/military-students/index.php

Arkansas Alumni Association Scholarships

The Latino Alumni Society Scholarship is available to graduate and undergraduate UA students. http://www.arkansasalumni.org/s/1429/index.aspx?sid=1429&gid=1&pgid=436

 

FEDERAL

Federal Student Aid (U.S. Department of Education)

Provides information on federal financial aid programs for graduate and professional degree students, including loans, grants and loan repayment programs.

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/graduate-professional-funding-info.pdf

 

 

Professional Organizations – Social Work

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation

Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship

Verne LaMarr Lyons Scholarship

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship

http://www.cswe.org/cms/14378.aspx

 

External Scholarships/Fellowships

American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants

Hispanic Scholarship Fund www.hsf.net

American Indian Graduate Center https://www.aigcs.org/aigc-scholarship-fellowship-opportunities/ 

 

Loan Repayment Programs

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP)

The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (NHSC LRP) offers fully trained and licensed clinical social workers (LCSW) $50,000 to repay student loans in exchange for two years serving in a community based site in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) that has applied to, and been approved by, the NHSC as a service site.

Indian Health Services (IHS) Loan Repayment Program

MSW prepared clinical social workers, employed by the IHS, are eligible to apply for the IHS Loan Repayment Program. For more information, visit the IHS website.