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Tuition & Financial Aid

If you’re here, you’re looking forward to a career spent helping people, and your tuition is an investment in both your future clients and your career opportunities. An online social work degree gives you valuable new skills, rewarding employment opportunities, and access to new certifications.

Our social work programs have high licensure pass rates and a strong track record of job placement. Students in the online social work programs at UK pay in-state tuition regardless of residency. Plus, the flexibility of our programs allows you to advance your education without leaving your current job.

Financial Aid Opportunities

UK is dedicated to providing an affordable social work education, with consistently lower tuition than comparable institutions.

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.

Request more information or a consultation

You’re likely to have questions as you make your decision about pursuing an online degree. From program information to application process details, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

FAFSA and Federal Loans

You may be eligible for federal aid. We recommend filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after it becomes available in October, as some support is awarded based on your filing date. The University of Kentucky’s Title IV code is 001989.

Please note, Federal Title IV financial aid is only available for certificate courses when they are taken as a part of a degree-seeking program.

Military Benefits

Military students may receive all V.A. benefits, including waived application fees, emergency loans and book vouchers, veteran transition classes, and more. We are a proud Yellow Ribbon School and are routinely ranked as a Top 10 school for veterans by Military Times EDGE magazine.


UK’s College of Social Work offers many scholarships 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

International students are accepted to the online BASW, MSW, and DSW programs. However, international students are not eligible for an I-20 for F-1 status or DS-2019 for J-1 students status based on enrollment in the online program. We recommend that International Students contact the International Center for more information.

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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 the HR department if this is an option for you. We’ve included some talking points below to help you explain to your employer the value of tuition reimbursement. For more information, contact us online or call 833-358-1721.

4 Ways an Online Degree Benefits 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 social work degree programs are built with flexibility in mind. We strive 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.