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
HRSA Scholarship Application (Up to $15,000 per academic year)
The HRSA SDS Scholarship Program is designed to provide up to $2.87 million in scholarship funds (2020-2025) for up to 36 full-time, low-income MSW Program students per year. HRSA Scholars receive up to $15,000 ($7,500 per semester) in scholarship funds per academic year to offset graduate school tuition and fees. MSW Students can apply for HRSA SDS Scholarship funds for two years. Scholarship funds are distributed through the UA Financial Aid Office to student university accounts. Any funds left over after paying tuition and fees will be refunded to the student via check.
HRSA Scholars who are able to demonstrate financial need or geographic/environmental need in their application are eligible for the HRSA Scholarship. MSW students can apply for HRSA Scholarship funds by right clicking the following link: https://uark.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ENoNRtJcFt9iE5
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
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 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.
Professional Organizations – Social Work
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship
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.