Financial aid

The School of Social Work and VCU's Office of Financial Aid have many financial aid programs students may apply to or qualify for in order to afford their education. Scholarships, grants, emergency funds, stipends and assistantships are a few of the types of aid students may receive.


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$16,409 is the average financial aid award for B.S.W. students. *


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$10,540 is the average financial aid award for M.S.W. students. **

Connect with Student Financial Services

VCU's Student Financial Services provides support and counseling to students seeking financial assistance. The office offers resources to help prospective, incoming and current students better understand the financial aid process and types of aid available. Counselors from VCU's Student Financial Management Center also are available to provide one-on-one consultations about student accounts, educational expenses, financial management and more.

Take time to understand the cost of attendance. COA is an estimate of educational expenses used to determine financial aid eligibility. These estimates are based on full-time attendance for the entire academic year. COA is a projected cost and does not represent the actual amount billed by VCU. Not all information will be applicable to students.

Financial aid for School of Social Work students

Current students in the School of Social Work's B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs are encouraged to explore and apply for scholarships and other types of support available.

Apply for emergency funding

The Pay It Forward Emergency Fund was created to assist our social work students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency that would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at VCU. Currently enrolled social work students in the B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs may apply if they meet eligibility requirements.

Scholarships for new students

All outstanding freshman applicants are automatically considered for university-level scholarships if they apply for the fall semester by Nov. 1 – no separate application needed. A limited number of university-level scholarships are also awarded to transfer applicants from the Virginia Community College System who have earned a minimum of 45 semester credit hours.

By relieving a significant portion of the financial burdens associated with higher education, VCU's Child Welfare Stipend Program has allowed me to better focus on my studies and fieldwork in order to continue to grow into the agent of change I desire to be.”

John Ruane (he/him), M.S.W. graduate

John Ruane