Costs & Financial Assistance

The financial services office has fee schedules online. With an MSW degree you can generally expect an increase in pay scale by at least $5,000-10,000 and much greater upward mobility. With this pay increase, a graduate could reimburse themselves within the first year of work.

The following links will help you explore options for Financial Assistance: 

VSU Financial Aid Office

Applications for Federal Grants & Loans, Veterans programs, and General Scholarships are available here.

FastWeb Scholarship Search

Online database of scholarship opportunities. It is free and you can also use it to find part-time jobs, internships and financial aid advice.

State of Georgia I-VE Grant

The IVE Grant has been reinstate. Additional informationis available here

Financial Resources for VSU Graduate Students

VSU Graduate School keeps a list of financial resources for graduate students on their website.

VSU Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships cover most graduate tuition/fees and offer a small stipend in exchange for working on campus at VSU approximately 14 hours per week. These positions are competitive; apply through the VSU Graduate School.

School Social Work Assoc. of Georgia  (SSWAG) Scholarships

The District 11 (Valdosta) SSWAG Book Scholarship covers the cost of books for the "Practice in Schools" course. MSW students entering concentration year and pursuing the School Social Work emphasis at VSU are eligible to apply. Must be in good academic standing.

The District 1 SSWAG Scholarship (Savannah) deadline is usually in December.

Louise Chastain Scholarship

The Louise Chastain Scholarship was established by Ms. Chastain for VSU MSW students from Thomas County. This scholarship is currently INACTIVE.

Judith Holm Memorial Student Awards Program

The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE) offers up to five $2,000 cash awards to final-year master’s students who can demonstrate excellence in preparation for clinical social work practice. Competitors submit papers based on clinical work done in their most recent field placement or practicum.

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Scholarships

Throughout its history, CSWE has been committed to increasing the participation of ethnic minorities in the social work/social welfare profession. One important aspect in achieving this objective is preparing an adequate ethnic minority labor force to provide leadership in the profession. The following programs showcase this commitment to the diversity of the social work field.

The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to master’s degree candidates in social work who have demonstrated a commitment to working with, or who have a special affinity with American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations, or in public and voluntary non profit agency settings.

NASW Foundation National Programs Verne Lamarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a master’s degree candidate in social work who demonstrates an interest in or has experience with, health/mental health practice and has a commitment to working in the African American community.

Please check with granting organizations for deadline and application information. If you know of other sources of financial support for graduate students pursuing a Master of Social Work degree, please let us know! Send an email to: