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Financial Aid Procedures for New MSW Students

To apply for financial aid through the U-M School of Social Work, follow the steps listed below:

  1. Indicate on your application for admission that you plan to apply for financial assistance. Indicating that you will apply for financial aid will not have an impact on the admissions decision.

  2. Complete and submit the School of Social Work financial aid application to the Office of Student Services at the School of Social Work at the earliest date possible. Funds are awarded on a rolling basis. As awards are made, funding will become limited. Early application is strongly recommended. If you submit an online MSW application, the financial aid application pages will be added upon answering "Yes" to the Getting Started question of "Are you applying for financial aid?" If you submit a paper MSW application, complete and submit the School of Social Work financial aid application with your MSW application materials.

  3. Carefully read the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or renewal FAFSA instructions.

  4. Complete either the FAFSA or the renewal FAFSA as soon as possible. Early application is strongly encouraged. Every applicant requesting consideration for need-based aid must complete a FAFSA. The FAFSA is available in October for application to the following academic year. FAFSA forms are available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    NOTE: MSW students are considered independent students. Therefore, they are not required to supply parental data on the FAFSA or submit parents' tax returns.

  5. Request that a copy of the financial need analysis be sent to the University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid (OFA) by entering the following school code/information on the FAFSA:

    Federal School Code: 002325
    University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  6. Once you receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) (approximately two weeks after submission of the FAFSA or renewal FAFSA), review the data on the SAR for accuracy. Respond to any requests for missing/incomplete information and make any corrections following the instructions included with the SAR.

    Note: If you don't receive your SAR or need additional copies of your SAR, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243 or check on the processing of your FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

  7. Optional. Complete and submit an SSW Special Programs Application. Separate application required for consideration for the programs below. Visit the Special Programs page and click on the appropriate link for detailed information.

  8. Optional. Complete and submit a School of Social Work Graduate Student Staff Assistant Application if you are interested in applying for one of our GSSA positions. Click the link for detailed information.

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