Please note: The 2013-2014 list of scholarships is now available below.
Active student recruitment is coupled with financial aid packages that provide assistance to many students who would not otherwise be able to pursue a professional education here. General scholarships assist students with limited financial resources. Special scholarships (such as for bilingual students) acknowledge the value of training professionals who can serve clients from traditionally under-served populations.
The School allocates a large portion of its budget to scholarship assistance; three-quarters of eligible students receive such assistance. This commitment of funds permits a wide range of students to pursue professional training at the School, and it creates a student body with a mix of backgrounds that enriches the learning environment and personal experiences of all. Many scholarships are available to all full-time students and to part-time students during the full-time phase of their program. Scholarship awards are based on valuation of financial need, scholastic achievement, and service to the community. Additional fellowships, scholarships, and grants are available to specific groups of students, including:
- Bilingual/bicultural students
- Mature women returning to school
- Students with extraordinary leadership potential
- Students committed to working with people with alcohol and drug addictions
- Groups under-represented in social work
NYU acts on its commitment to the educational enterprise and profession by awarding an exceptionally large number of scholarships to its students.
For Financial Aid Application & Forms, and for more information please visit the Office of Financial Aid.
Refunds Resulting From Student Aid
If you are receiving aid in excess to what you are being charged by the university, you may be eligible to receive a refund. To find out if you qualify to receive a refund or when you may expect one, please contact the Office of the Bursar or access the refund guide.
funding your graduate education
The Silver School of Social Work at New York University understands the importance of managing student finances and preparing for the cost of graduate study. This pamphlet is intended as an introduction to a few of the opportunities available for new MSW students adjusting to the educational and living expenses of graduate study at NYU Silver. For more information on outside resources available to graduate students please refer to the ‘Other Resources’ section, located at the bottom of the page.
NYU Silver Tuition Scholarship
The Silver School of Social Work is committed to providing financial assistance in the form of scholarships to our most competitive applicants. Automatic consideration is given to all accepted students for our merit-based Silver School Scholarships. The Silver School has financial awards set aside for applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups in the field of social work. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to review and apply for our named competitive scholarships.
Approximately 95% of our full-time students are funded by some form of scholarship. These scholarships range from $7,000-15,000 and are based primarily on the strength of your application. Students are required to submit the FAFSA form to be eligible for scholarships and all need-based aid.
The Silver School of Social Work has a financial aid assistant available to provide students with assistance and information. Please access the school of social work website for more information on walk-in hours and setting up an appointment with Byron Cortes, our financial assistant, or email the admissions office at email@example.com.
Named Scholarships and Awards
NYU Silver, in conjunction with a network of alumni and organizations close to the university, has created various opportunities to help fund our MSW students. Financial awards have been set aside, on a competitive basis, for a variety of underrepresented groups in an attempt to enrich the increasingly diverse educational atmosphere at the Silver School of Social Work. Some awards include: the LCU-Foundation Housing Stipend for Women; the Jean and Albert Nerken Scholarship Fund for Full-time Jewish students; and the Amy Pearson Memorial Scholarship for career changing students. For more information on these awards and the complete listing of scholarship opportunities please refer to the scholarship and financial aid guide
City Year Scholarship Program
The City Year Scholarship Program is designed for City Year corps members or alumni who have successfully completed at least one year of service and to City Year staff members employed for at least two years. For full-time Master in Social Work students, the program offers a total minimum scholarship of $21,000 (a minimum of $10,500 per year for each year enrolled in the Master of Social Work program) along with an application fee waiver.
Another good resource for alternative funding is working in an on-campus job. Funding for these jobs is typically provided through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and allows students to earn extra income working on campus around their academic schedules. These jobs are typically less time-consuming than most full-time jobs and may alleviate miscellaneous educational expenses like books and transportation.
New York State Loan Forgiveness
A variety of organizations offer some form of tuition remission or assistance to its employees seeking to further their educations. It is advisable to look into your place of employment to see if this is a possibility. New York State also provides tuition remission (up to $26,000) for qualified MSW graduates working in critical human service areas. The NYS Licensed Social Worker Loan Forgiveness Program is dedicated to increasing the number of licensed social workers in high-need areas, including: health, mental health, substance abuse, aging, HIV/AIDS and child welfare or communities with multilingual needs. For more information, please refer to the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation.
To be considered for financial aid and/or scholarship awards, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for each academic year they study at NYU Silver. Instructions for filling out the FAFSA can be found online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. If students need assistance filling out the FAFSA they should call 1-800-433-3243 for live support. Financial Aid counselors are also available to assist students filling out the FAFSA in the Office of Financial Aid. There is no deadline for the FAFSA but it is recommended that students fill the forms out as quickly as possible to determine their financial aid status. The NYU school code is 002785.
Below is a short list of websites that may be helpful for students seeking information about financial aid and funding their graduate education at the Silver School of Social Work:
Alfred V. Taylor Scholarship
Political Affairs Office
National Association of Social Workers
7981 Eastern Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Available to students interested in the promotion of social work practice. The application process involves the following: a two page proposal including a fact sheet with personal information and a one-page narrative summarizing the applicant's learning objectives in field placement, academic preparation, and career interest in the area of political social work; academic transcript; letter from the university's field department confirming arrangements for the practicum; and two letters of reference.
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work
Judith Holm Memorial Student Awards Program
27 Congress St. #211 Salem, MA 01970
Deadline: February 19
$1,000 cash prize for each of the best five papers demonstrating the author’s mastery of the essentials of clinical social work and readiness to enter professional practice.
AmeriCorps Education Award
Americorps members, upon completion of a term of service, are eligible for an educational award stipend up to $5,350. In addition, the Silver School of Social Work offers to match this award or perhaps offer more depending on the strength of the application.
Career Development Grants by the AAUW
American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
2201 N. Dodge Street, Dept. 98
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
Grants $2,000-$12,000 to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are pursuing graduate study to advance their careers. Special consideration to women of color, women pursuing their first advanced degree, or credentials in non-traditional fields.
Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship
Council on Social Work Education
1600 Duke Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) awards two $500.00 scholarships each year to students in their final year of study for a Masters Degree in Social Work at a CSWE-accredited program. Applicants from the following ethnic groups are eligible to apply: Puerto Rican, Asian American, American Indian, African American, and Mexican American.
Dalai Lama Fellowship
New York University is one of ten universities to offer the Dalai Lama Fellowship, a global program authorized by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. One fellow will be chosen from each university to receive up to $10,000 toward a year-long project of his or her design in one of four focus areas: 1) working across differences; 2) diminishing violence; 3) alleviating poverty; 4) protecting the environment. All undergraduate, graduate and professional students - who will be enrolled full-time at NYU in Academic Year 2013 – 2014 - are invited to apply.
Fund for Lesbian and Gay Scholarships (FLAGS)
Whitman-Brooks Scholarship Fund
PO Box 48320
Los Angeles, CA 90048-0320
Provides financial assistance to gay, lesbian and bisexual students who show a commitment to community involvement.
George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship
George E. Meares Scholarship Committee
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
2714 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001
Deadline: April 15
Grants up to $1,000 for the support of graduate study in social work.
Gosnell Memorial Scholarship
National Association of Social Workers
750 First St., NE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002-4241
Deadline: March 26, 2010
The Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship is awarded to NASW members who are MSW candidates and have demonstrated a commitment to working with American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings. Awards range from $1,000-$4,000.
HESC NYS Licensed Social Worker Loan Forgiveness Program
Deadline: March 15, 2010
The Licensed Social Worker Loan Forgiveness Program is being offered to increase the number of licensed social workers working in critical human service areas in the following fields: health, mental health, substance abuse, aging, HIV/AIDS and child welfare or communities with multilingual needs. The maximum award under this program will be $26,000.00 or the applicant’s eligible student loan indebtedness at the time they apply, whichever is less.
Jewish Community Center Association
15 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010-1579
Deadline: February 15
Up to $10,000 per year for a one or two-year period to pursue graduate studies that lead to a professional career in a Jewish Community Center. Scholarship recipients will participate in a program of selected JCC Association educational experiences and career development seminars. Accepted graduate degrees include: Jewish communal service, nonprofit management or MBA, public policy, Jewish studies, Social Work, etc.
National Association of Puerto Rican Social Workers
P.O. Box 651
Brentwood, NY 11717
Provides scholarship awards to first or second year full-time graduate students presently enrolled in a School of Social Work program. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong interest in community organization and community advocacy which would potentially impact the Puerto Rican/Latino community. Applicants should demonstrate financial need and proficient academic performance.
New York City Board of Education Bilingual Scholarship Program
New York City Department of Education
Office of Scholarship and Incentive Programs
65 Court Street, Room 508
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
Deadline: May 14, 2010
The Graduate Scholarship Program was created to address the staffing needs in critical shortage areas and to improve the delivery of service to New York City Public School students. This program prepares participants to serve in the areas of Bilingual Special Education, Monolingual and Bilingual Speech Language Pathology/Audiology, Monolingual and Bilingual Visually Impaired, Bilingual Guidance Counselor, Bilingual School Psychology and Bilingual Social Worker. The scholarship program offers uncertified candidates a traditional path to certification by way of a Master's degree in a traditional teaching or clinical shortage area.
New York State Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarship Program
NYS Education Department
Bureau of Higher Education Opportunity Programs
Cultural Education Center, Room 5C64
Albany, NY 12230
Deadline: June 1 Provides scholarships to students enrolled full time at approved NYS postsecondary institutions in designated fields of study (including social work) that lead to licensure.
NWSA Women’s/Gender Studies Student Scholarships and Awards
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 301
College Park, MD 20742
Deadline: May 1
Award provides financial assistance to graduate students doing research in Women/lesbian studies. Preference is given to candidates who are members in the National Women's Studies Association. Scholarship amounts vary from $500-$1,000.
PACE: The Political Action Arm of the National Association of Social Workers
New York City Chapter
50 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10004
PACE Scholarship Application 2012
PACE Scholarship Flyer 2012
The Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Committee of the New York City Chapter of the NASW is pleased to offer two scholarships for politically minded social work students. The David Roth Scholarship is for first year students, the Miriam Dinerman is for second year students, and both are at the graduate level. The amount of each scholarship is $500. Scholarship winners will also be given a one year free membership or renewal of membership in NASW.
The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Deadline: November 1
The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The fellowship consists of a $20,000 maintenance grant and a tuition grant of one-half the cost of tuition, at the institution the fellow is enrolled in.
PEO Sisterhood - PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund
PEO Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. A maximum award of $5,000 can be renewed twice.
The Point Foundation
1357 Broadway, Suite 401
New York, NY 10018
Point Foundation provides scholarships, mentorship, leadership training and hope for students of merit who have been marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Additionally, Point Foundation provides programs that affect social change by challenging attitudes that contribute to social stigma and its resulting prejudice, which is often experienced by those in the LGBT community.
The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health
3575 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 102
Mercerville, NJ 08619
For information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hispanic Higher Education Scholarship Fund (HHESF) aims at increasing the number of available bilingual individuals of Hispanic origin to meet the behavioral healthneeds of Hispanics. The HHESF is specifically targeted to individuals of Hispanic origin who are proficient in English and Spanish and possess a baccalaureate degree acceptable in the United States, who are interested in or are pursuing a Master's degree in Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited college or university, and who commit to working at a New Jersey-based community mental health center for one year during or after their Master's program. The HHESF is administered by the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health. The amount of and the number of scholarships to be given will be determined by the funds raised up to the scholarship notification date, and is based on money generated through the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health's fundraising efforts for the scholarship fund.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Award of up to $50,000. Encourages the application of members of groups historically under-represented in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State and those with financial need. The fellowship provides financial support towards the completion of a Master's degree and professional development training. Upon completion of the degree, recipients have a service commitment to work as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service officer.
Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund (TSELF)
IFGE, P.O. Box 540229
Waltham, MA 02454-0229
Deadline: January 10
Scholarships provide supplemental funding for undergraduate and graduate students who have a demonstrated ability in and commitment to affecting change in the transgender communities through their commitment to working and being educated in the helping and caring professions: Social Services, Health Care, Religious Instruction, Teaching, and the Law.
UJA Federation of New York Scholarships
Contact: Rebecca Russo at (212) 836-1661 or email@example.com
Deadline: March 1
Offers a range of educational, scholarship, and professional development opportunities for graduate students pursuing the following degrees: Social work, public administration, business administration (non-profit), nonprofit management, Jewish education, clinical psychology, and rabbinic ordination.