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Tuition & Financial Aid

Your tuition is an investment in your future. A graduate degree gives you valuable new skills, higher-level employment opportunities, and access to new certifications. Plus, the flexibility of our programs allow you to advance your education without leaving your current job or reducing hours.

Regular Standing Tuition Costs
University of Kentucky (U K): $41,580
University of Louisville (U of L): + $2,640
Ohio State University (O S U): + $6,584
University of Southern California (U S C): + $78,120

Advanced Standing Tuition Costs
U K: $20,790
U of L: + $1,320
O S U: + $12,084
U S C: + $53,025

Choose The Best Value for Your Money

Our CSWE-accredited online Master of Social Work (MSW) costs $693 per credit hour, with a total estimated tuition of $20,790 for the Advance Standing program and $41,580 for the Regular Standing program based on a part-time course load. Online graduate students pay in-state tuition regardless of residency. In addition, students can greatly reduce tuition costs by taking the accelerated format at a block tuition rate of $6,223 per semester (9 or more credit hours per semester).

Start saving with UK–our online MSW tuition is consistently lower than comparable in state and national competitors. At UK we are dedicated to providing an affordable, high quality MSW education.

Note that additional fees may apply, and total tuition will depend on factors such as number of credits taken, and time to complete. Tuition rates are subject to annual changes. Comparison tuition data is based on 30 or 60 credit hours (except for Ohio State, which is 43 or 63 credit hours) at the published 2020-21 per credit hour rates.

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Financial Aid

At the UK College of Social Work, we strive to provide financial assistance to students who couldn’t otherwise afford our programs. We’re here to support you in your commitment to academic excellence and respond to the needs of our students, their families, and communities. Below you will find financial aid options to explore as you consider advancing your education.

FAFSA and Federal Loans

Your first step is to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When you apply, use the University of Kentucky’s Title IV code: 001989.

Apply to FAFSA as soon as possible every year after it becomes available each October. You may receive more financial aid if you apply sooner, as some support is awarded based on your filing date.

You can also apply for a federal loan and receive up to $20,500 as a graduate student.

Military Benefits

Military students may receive all V.A. benefits, including waived application fees, emergency loans and book vouchers, veteran transition classes, and more.

UK also offers a satellite of the Master of Social Work at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. Students in this program receive a full scholarship and appointment to paid positions in the Department of Defense.

We are routinely ranked as a Top 10 school for veterans by Military Times EDGE magazine.

Scholarships

UK’s College of Social Work offers many scholarships, including the Wiley Partnership Scholarship, Evelyn J. Black Memorial Fund, Social Work Advancement Fund, and Jewels in the Mountain Scholarship Endowment.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, financial need, your level of social work education, and a variety of other potential factors.

We can also connect you with scholarships offered by external sources.

International Students

Note that international students are not eligible to enroll in the online MSW program or apply for financial aid at this time.

If you have any questions along the way, please request more information or call 833-358-1721 to speak with an admissions counselor.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Your employer might offer tuition reimbursement to help you cover part or all of your educational costs. Many companies reimburse tuition to attract and retain great people.

The first step is to ask your manager or your HR department if this is an option for you. If you need help convincing them tuition reimbursement is a good idea, share these benefits.

How Online Learning Benefits Both You and Your Employer

  • You Bring New Skills to Work.

    Learning online gives you strong connections and fresh perspectives, competencies, and techniques you can bring to work right away—not just after you graduate.

  • They Save Money.

    The IRS offers tax benefits to companies that offer employees educational assistance. Plus, by advancing your education, you ensure your employer doesn’t need to interview, hire, and train someone else who has the skills you’re learning.

  • You Study on Your Schedule.

    The UK online MSW program is flexible and designed to fit our students’ busy lives, so you can learn when and where you please—without disrupting your work schedule and commitments.

  • They Get an Employee With an Incredible Education.

    Our College of Social Work has an 80-year legacy of proven excellence, a licensure pass rate that surpasses the national average, and Ph.D. faculty and professional social workers on staff.