Most students who apply for need and/or merit-based financial aid when they apply to the MSW program will receive an initial financial aid award along with their email offer of admission. Students who apply for Special Programs, (i.e. Child Welfare Scholarship, Community-Based Initiative, Geriatric Scholarship, Global Activities Scholars Program, Jewish Communal Leadership Program, and National Community Scholars) may receive a decision for these programs with their offer of admission. Most students will receive Special Program decisions through a separate email notification. Students who apply for the Graduate Student Staff Assistant positions will be notified of their decision by mail in mid-March.
All students who are interested in need-based grants/scholarships, loans, and work-study awards must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This can be completed as early as January and students should not report any parental income on the FAFSA application. Students should not wait to submit the FAFSA application until they have been admitted into our program. Once a student has been admitted into the MSW program, the University's Office of Financial Aid (OFA) will review them for need-based loans and work-study. Students are notified of their loan and work-study package from OFA beginning in March. This notification will be sent to students by email.
Many MSW students also utilize Direct Graduate Plus Loans to fund their programs. Direct Graduate Plus Loan applications are typically available in the summer.
For complete financial aid information go to: http://www.ssw.umich.edu/finaid/msw/
Please feel free to contact the Office of Student Services (734-936-0961) if you have any questions regarding your financial aid package.