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Social Work Communications

Below you will find the spring/summer email communications sent to incoming MSW. These weekly emails highlight various topics, containing important and helpful information. As new ones are sent, they will be added here.

Student Health Insurance Plan

Student Organizations

Direct Deposit & Student Financial Services

SSW Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Computing and IT for MSW Students

Online MSW students are required to obtain a personal laptop or desktop computer. Please review the Requirement Policy.

Due to the nature of assignments in the SSW, students would benefit from having Microsoft Office (available to current UM students at no charge) or similar software package. Additionally, come courses may require that students purchase SPSS (available to current UM students at a significantly reduced cost) for their personal computer. Note that tablets will not meet the computer requirement as they are unable to run SPSS.

U-M Microsoft Office 365 and the Adobe Creative Cloud are available to current University of Michigan students at no charge.

The UMICH Tech Guide is a valuable resource of information on tech needs, as well as tech services available to students while at Michigan.

Get Your MCard

All MSW students are welcome to obtain a student ID, which is called an 'Mcard'. If you are in the area and use in-person campus resources, the Mcard may be needed to check out library materials, access U-M buildings (such as workout facilities or the SSWB) and will allow you to ride AATA and U-M buses for free. Mcard holders are eligible for numerous discounts around the U-M and Ann Arbor area. Note that your Mcard photo is also used for the class roster.

Steps to obtain your Mcard:

  • Submit your photo (from your U-M email account) to mcardadmin@umich.edu by December 31, 2021.
  • Be sure that your Current Address is up-to-date in Wolverine Access.
  • The School will mail your Mcard to you at your current address, as listed in Wolverine Access, in mid-to-late January.

Have an existing Mcard? Please review the Existing Mcards webpage.

SW 505 Exemption

Online advanced standing students may pursue an exemption from SW 505: Engaging Social Justice, Diversity and Oppression in Social Work through the exemption request form. While obtaining an exemption from SW 505 is rare, online advanced standing students are eligible for an exemption from SW 505 if they believe that they have taken prior coursework in social justice and diversity in the last 6 years receiving a B or higher in the course(s). We advise students to apply for an exemption from this course now rather than waiting until their term of entry.

The exemption process is web-based and student-initiated. We encourage students to request exemptions as soon as possible as it may affect course selections during the term SW 505 is offered for online advanced standing students. Please note that an exemption from SW 505 does not decrease credit hours needed for graduation, but increases the elective credits (3) available to students. Advanced Standing Online students will still need to take 45 credit hours in order to graduate.

Please click the Exemption Request Process button below for more information about exemption eligibility and the exemption application process. If an exemption is granted, students should schedule a course planning appointment with their technical advisor, Dayna Asante-Appiah (daappiah@umich.edu) to discuss course selection.

Work-Study, Grad Plus Loans & Financial Aid

Received a work-study award and interested in finding a work-study position? We encourage you to begin looking for positions now. Feel free to search for open positions at studentemployment.umich.edu.

Planning to apply for a Grad Plus Loan, which can be used toward tuition, living expenses, etc.? Review information on how to apply.

To learn more about financial aid and other important topics for incoming Online MSW students, join the upcoming Winter 2022 Online Admitted Student Information Session. It will be held December 2, 2021, 6PM - 7PM (Eastern Time).

REGISTER - December 2 Webinar

Questions? Feel free to contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management (OSS) at ssw.oss@umich.edu or (734) 936-0961.

Tuition at UM School of Social Work

We wanted to set out the tuition guidelines for you prior to Orientation:

Withdrawal and Tuition Refund Policy

Students who have not completed any course and withdraw completely by January 18, 2022 will receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees, but are charged a disenrollment fee.

Students who have not completed any course and withdraw completely by February 15, 2022 are eligible for a 50% reduction in tuition and fees, but are charged a disenrollment fee.

After February 15, 2022, students who withdraw from courses will not be eligible to receive a tuition refund.

Tuition Refund Insurance is available and significantly extends and enhances the university's published withdrawal policy. For details and rates, visit uhs.umich.edu/tuition-insurance.

Tuition rate information is located at ro.umich.edu/tuition/tuition-fees.php. MSW students in the Online MSW Program will want to view the "Distance Learning" rates.

Tuition rates are based on:

  • Student's residence classification
  • School/College
  • Number of credit hours registered
  • Term

Feel free to contact the Office of Student Services & Enrollment Management at ssw.oss@umich.edu with any questions.

Student Guide & Safety/Emergency Preparedness

We hope you are having a great autumn and are looking forward to meeting you virtually during orientation weekend!

You will find the 2021-22 MSW Student Guide online. The Student Guide is updated each year and this year's version includes the rules and procedures for MSW students. Please take some time to review the Student Guide for information on the School's Academic and Professional Policies, MSW Curriculum, and Field Curriculum.

Please also take some time to review the Safety & Emergency Preparedness webpage, where you may view the University's Active Attacker Response and Prevention Video, Register for U-M Emergency Alerts, and learn more about being prepared if you are on campus.

Go Blue!

Tim Colenback
Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management

Erin Zimmer
Director of Student Services

Lizzy Adeleye
Online MSW Program Student Services Officer

Virtual SW 590 & SEED Orientation Weekend

Orientation Toolkit

It is important that you review the Online MSW Program Orientation Toolkit.

As an incoming online MSW student, you are expected to review the information in each area of the Toolkit to prepare for your U-M SSW journey.

Go Blue!

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

UMich Email & New Student Info

Welcome to the University of Michigan School of Social Work!

You are strongly encouraged to read through the admitted student webpages for important information.

Course planning and registration information will be available in November and course registration will occur online on November 18th. Please expect to receive an email from us in early November with more information.

Be sure to regularly check your UMich email account. All official School communication is sent to the UMich email account.

We look forward to seeing you online this winter!

Please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management with any questions.

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