Student Financial Assistance
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 the section on "Financial Support for Graduate Students" in the SIUE Graduate Catalogue.
Department of Social Work Opportunities
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.
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. Selection criteria and application materials are mailed to students with their acceptance letter to the MSW Program.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) Support
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 without work obligations. Applicants should contact the Graduate School at 618/650-3010 for application and deadline information (see description under Financial Support for Graduate Students in the SIUE Graduate Catalogue). Completed applications for admissions to the MSW program should be on file at the time these awards are applied for.
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 Graduate School for postings of these opportunities during the Spring and early Summer prior to the Fall term. Early applications are encouraged.
The Financial Support for Graduate Students section in the SIUE Graduate Catalogue 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 contact the Graduate School for information on awards it may have available, and to pursue several different aid options.
For further information please click on www.siue.edu/graduatestudents/ and then click on the Graduate Assistantships link on that page, and then Current Postings.