Tuition & Financial Aid

Master of Science in Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work online degree at the University of Louisville Online

Online Degree Tuition

At University of Louisville, the tuition for online degrees is the same for both in-state and out-of-state online students.

Tuition Rates
Graduate online course $764 per credit hour
Active-duty* service members and Coast Guard members $250 per credit hour (see our Military Tuition Discounts page for more information).
Qualifying members of the Reserve Component and National Guard eligible for Title X (Federal) TA May be eligible for $250 per credit hour tuition assistance rate.

*Active-Duty is defined as on orders for 180 days or more.

Online courses are charged at a different hourly rate than regular courses. Students are charged in full for online courses according to those rates even if taking a full-time course load. Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.

If you're receiving a tuition scholarship, please check the monetary value to determine whether the cost of online courses is covered.

Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice. The summary on this page is intended to provide a quick reference for students. For more information and updates, visit the UofL Bursar's page.

Additional Costs:

Total costs ranging between $200 and $800 may be incurred throughout the entirety of the program. Costs include:

  • Practicum insurance
  • NASW annual membership
  • Prerequisites (up to three courses)

Actual costs depend on student’s insurance status, whether prerequisites are needed, how many years it will take to complete the program, etc.
Note: These costs do not include textbooks. Textbook costs vary greatly between courses (as required by the respective instructors) so it is difficult to predict a total.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for all online students who qualify. Here are the steps for first-time financial aid applicants:

  1. Assemble your tax and asset information, such as your W2s and 1040s.
  2. Go to to file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form. You are encouraged to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA to transmit your tax information directly from the IRS to your FAFSA. Be sure to apply for your PIN during the FAFSA filing process. Use the PIN to electronically sign your FAFSA. (Our FAFSA school code is 001999.)
  3. Once your FAFSA if processed by the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). If you filed electronically, the SAR will be sent to you via email. If you filed by paper or did not provide an email address, the SAR will be sent to you by mail.
  4. Review the SAR for comments and incorrect information. If accurate, keep the SAR for your records. If you find any errors, you can correct this by returning the paper SAR or by making corrections to a processed FAFSA online.

UofL’s Office of Student Financial is available to answer any questions you have about the financial aid process. Visit the financial aid web page or contact a financial aid counselor at 502.852.5511.


In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the Kent School of Social Work also offers various scholarships that cover a variety of interests. There are scholarships available to students who plan to practice in rural Kentucky, students with an interest in working in gerontology, policy or legislative areas. Scholarship application and information can be found on Kent School's prospective students scholarship page. The scholarship deadline is May 15.

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