Several opportunities for financial aid are available for students admitted to the MSW program. Students interested in financial aid should review and initiate applications early in the admissions process and immediately after notification that they are admitted to the program. The following is a summary of opportunities, but prospective students should also review SIUE's Paying for College site.
Graduate Assistantships: The Department distributes a limited number of graduate assistantships to MSW students. Assistantships are generally 25% time academic-year appointments that require work with an assigned faculty 10 hours per week. Currently, students awarded 25% appointments receive a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver. On occasion, students may be awarded 50% appointments requiring 20 hours of work per week. Academic merit and financial need are the primary criteria used in making these awards. Assistantship assignments include teaching assistants, research assistants, micro practice lab assistants, and program administration assistants. Students admitted to the MSW program are provided assistantship applications with their letter of admission to the program. For more information on graduate assistantships, please see the Graduate School's Funding page.
Regulus-Gilmore Social Work Student Award: The Department distributes one $500 award each year to an entering MSW student (regular or advanced standing) The award is in support of a student's potential for academic scholarship and professional excellence. SIUE is now using AcademicWorks for its scholarships and awards. Once students are accepted into the MSW program, they will be sent SIUE credentials that will enable them to log into the SIUE AcademicWorks site and complete a scholarship application.
SIUE Competitive Graduate Awards: Applicants with exceptional undergraduate records are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. They are awarded to entering students only. They provide awardees with stipends and tuition waivers. Awardees must do a scholarly activity during the award period. CGA applications are due on the first Friday in December, and applicants must have their SIUE and Social Work application materials on file by that deadline as well. See this page for more details.
Graduate Assistantships: Graduate assistantships in other programs and units of the University are also available, many in human service areas. Students who have been admitted to the program are encouraged to visit the Graduate School for postings of these opportunities during the Spring and early Summer prior to the Fall term. Early applications are encouraged.
The Graduate School website describes several other scholarship, award, and assistantship opportunities which students may apply for as well as information about student educational loans. From time to time, other special awards may become available through the Graduate School. Applicants are encouraged to apply for financial support as early as possible, to visit SIUE's AcademicWorks site to view awards that may be available, and to pursue several different aid options.