Tuition & Financial Aid
At the University of Louisville, we offer a wide range of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities to help you pay for your education. In fact more than 75 percent of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid tailored to their particular needs. We want to help you invest in your future! Click here for Scholarships and Aid information.
The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) has been implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and eleven university undergraduate social work programs in order to better serve the children and families in this state.
The goal of this program is to fill the ranks of Child Welfare Workers with the most competent and well-trained workers who can provide high quality services immediately following employment. The Cabinet has partnered with the Universities to offer Bachelor Social Work juniors and seniors their academic program in conjunction with participating in the Cabinet's child welfare training curricula prior to graduation. These students are provided instate tuition, a stipend and must complete a two year employment commitment with the Cabinet upon successful completion of the program.
One of the major goals of the Kent School is to assure a diverse student body and to provide all students with a multicultural experience. These educational objectives are designed to train professional social workers for practice that demands sensitivity to a plurality of views and concerns. To achieve this end, minority students and students with diversity experience will be given strong consideration. A limited number of scholarships are available that are based on financial need and academic potential. The number and amount of awards vary, just as the amount and availability of funds vary each year.
MSSW Scholarship Application Deadlines
|1/31 Deadline||CFT and Gerontology Scholarship applicants should apply by 1/31 for priority consideration; after 1/31 these awards are made on a case by case basis depending on availablility.|
|2/15 Earlybird Deadline||Priority consideration given to minority applicants and students with diversity experience.|
|5/15 Regular Deadline||All remaining applicants considered.|
Eligibility Requirements & Instructions
- FAFSA: file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.ed.gov with UL’s Financial Aid Office by February 15th
MSSW Scholarship Application: First, write and save any needed essays, including your full nameand the name of the scholarship in the title of the essay. Then, complete the online application where you will upload the essays.
https://louisvillekent.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e3rPYsRmAZ2oejz (opens January 1st).
- GPA requirements: newly admitted students = N/A unless specified by specific scholarship; continuing students = must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
- International Students: please complete the FAFSA worksheet below, print it, and upload it to the application. This form will be used for the purpose of awarding Kent School Scholarships only: https://fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1819/pdf/fafsaws18c.pdf
- Guidelines for the determination of financial awards are set by the MSSW Scholarship Committee; applicants are strongly encouraged to develop resources to finance their graduate education with the assistance of UL’s Financial Aid Office where a variety of programs may be available to help remove financial barriers.
- Earlybird 2/15 scholarship decision letters will be emailed on a rolling basis, while all remaining regular May 15 decision letters will be emailed in early July. Applying by 2/15 does not guarantee an early award—applicants who applied by 2/15 and have not received an award decision letter by 5/15 will receive their decision letter in July with other regular 5/15 consideration applicants. A wait list will be maintained for awards that are returned/decline
- Scholarship Award Recipients must:
1) maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and
2) remain in full time status (9 credit hours per semester) throughout the time frame specified on the scholarship award letter.
IMPORTANT: A student must apply or re-apply for scholarships each year by the relevant deadline listed above to be considered for that year, regardless of any prior award. The FAFSA must also be filed each year by the February 15th priority deadline.
KENTucky Kids: Building Careers in Youth Services
Maryhurst and Uspiritus have partnered with the Kent School of Social Work to bring KENTucky Kids to life and offer its students a supportive environment in which to gain significant, beneficial experience. Being a youth care worker is not just a career – it’s a calling to provide committed care to vulnerable youth.
Earn your MSSW while working in the field and gaining valuable experience! You will have the opportunity to:
- Receive valuable training as a Youth Care Worker with staff support and mentoring.
- Gain relevant practice and research skills.
- Complete MSSW practicum placements while on the job.
- Receive an in-state tuition waiver.
- Graduate with a MSSW in 3 years and a competitive resume!
Acceptance to KENTucky Kids is contingent on both admission to Kent School's MSSW program and an official job offer from one of the participating residential care agencies. If you would like more information and are interested in applying to KENTucky Kids, please complete this form and a representative will contact you with details: CLICK HERE
Visit our Admissions page to learn more about the MSSW admissions requirements. You can also email our Admissions Coordinators for more information at email@example.com.
Joe & Carolyn Brown CFT Specialization Scholarship
- Students must be applying and admitted to the CFT specialization, have a minimum 3.5 gpa, demonstrate financial need, and submit a 2-3 pp essay describing your commitment to working with low income families within the community, particularly diverse populations, as evidenced by prior or current work/volunteer experience, leadership skills and/or professional association memberships. Non-resident applicants encouraged to apply. Apply by January 31st for priority consideration. (only offered in odd years 2019, 2021)
CFT Specialization Summer Scholarship
- Applicants must be admitted to the CFT specialization and 1) have a minimum 3.0 GPA, 2) financial need and 3) submit a 2-3 page essay regarding your plans for practicing marriage/couple family therapy after graduation by January 31stfor priority consideration.
Jenny Hoertz CFT Specialization Scholarship
- The Hoertz CFT Scholarship offers $6000 per year for two years of CFT study. Ethnic and other cultural minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Essay required. Submit Application by January 31st.