SSA makes every effort to help students by offering exceptional scholarship assistance as well as facilitating other forms of financial assistance.

  • Last year, more than 95 percent of master's students received merit- and need-based tuition scholarship/gift aid. Each year, SSA awards full and partial tuition scholarships.
  • Although scholarship/gift aid is awarded for one year, 99 percent of scholarships/gifts were renewed for second-year students last year.
  • Additional scholarship and fellowship opportunities are available for second-year students, including some paid field placements (internships).
  • Financial aid to SSA students is comprised of donor-sponsored scholarships totaling nearly $1 million annually, coupled with support from the School’s general operating fund, the annual alumni fund drive, and various student loans funds.  Aid to students from all of these sources totaled more than $4 million last year.
  • All students admitted into the SSA doctoral program receive full funding, which covers up to five years of tuition and fees. In addition to institutional support, SSA doctoral students have been very successful in obtaining competitive fellowships, such as the CSWE Fellowships for Minority Students and NIH Dissertation awards. Through resources such as the Bernece Kern Simon Teaching Fellowship, SSA offers students training and teaching opportunities.

  • Students supplement SSA scholarship awards with federal and University loans and work study.
  • Applicants meeting the early admission deadline (December 1) who want to be considered for need-based scholarship aid and would like to receive their federal financial aid award letter at the time of admission must complete the FAFSA no later than December 15. The school code is 001774.
  • Applicants meeting the January 15 admission deadline who want to be considered for need-based scholarship aid and would like to receive their federal financial aid award letter at the time of admission must complete the FAFSA no later than February 1.
  • Applicants meeting the April 1 admission deadline who want to be considered for need-based scholarship aid and would like to receive their federal financial aid award letter at the time of admission must complete the FAFSA no later than April 15.
Zehua Cui

"I had no awareness of the existence of social work in schools in China, so I am thankful for my first year internship experience with children at Namaste Charter school, which totally opened up a new world for me. The experience broadened my horizon in terms of the various ways in which we can help children," says Zehua Cui.