Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition Rates 2020-2021

2020-2021 tuition rates are listed below and do not include university fees. To see a list of university fees, click here

2-Year Tuition Cost
Advanced Standing Tuition
Cost per Credit

Tuition Comparisons 2019-2020



MSW Program Scholarships

The MSW Program offers several need and diversity-based scholarships. There is no application process for these scholarships; students accepted to the MSW Program are automatically considered if they have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and express a deep passion for clinical social work and social justiceThe program attempts to award scholarships no later than early May.

Etnyre Scheingold Clinical Social Work Endowed Scholarship

Lee Scheingold, MA, MSW and Bill Etnyre, MSW, PhD, have created the Etnyre Scheingold Clinical Social Work Endowed Scholarship to support students who are pursuing their MSW education and are dedicated to working with society's most vulnerable citizens. 

To be eligible for scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at Seattle University.
  • Be enrolled in the MSW degree program.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community-based clinical social work practice. 
  • Demonstrate financial need. 

AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarship

Applicants to Seattle University's Master of Social Work program are eligible to apply for the AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarship. Recipients of the scholarship are awarded $1,500 per year of their program ($3,000 total for the two-year MSW program). Eligible applicants must have successfully completed (or will have completed) an AmeriCorps term of service by the time of enrollment to their graduate program. 

Dr. Marylou Wyse Award

  • (2) need-based scholarships are awarded to incoming 2 Year MSW students for up to two years.  
  • Students must complete the FAFSA.
  • Continuous enrollment of at least three credits per term, but a minimum of 12 credits per academic year, is expected to remain eligible for renewal of the graduate award.
  • Recipients receive up to $2,400 per academic year for a total of eight quarters if you remain in good standing. Total scholarship dollars cannot exceed $4,800
  • Awarded through the Graduate Admissions Office.  Separate application is not needed. 
  • Not awarded every year

Funding Databases

The Lemieux Library has a comprehensive guide to institutional and local funding databases.

Interested in fellowships? Check out the Seattle University's Fellowships database.

Social Work Organization Scholarships 

There are many social work organizations that offer scholarships and fellowships to MSW students. Below are three options: 

Council on Social Work Education

National Association of Social Workers

Pride Foundation

Student Employment and Faculty Fellowships

Each academic year, the MSW department has student worker positions that may be available. Availability is based on whether current student workers are graduating or moving to other positions. Students are also free to reach out to other graduate programs within the university to ask about employment opportunities within other departments as well. 

Faculty are always applying for grants and funding for research. Periodically, faculty members will be awarded a grant that allows them to hire an MSW student to help them with their project. Faculty will notify students as opportunities arise. 

Student Financial Services (SFS)

Student Financial Services Office is the central department that manages tuition bills, fees, scholarships, and loans. Visit the SFS website for office hours, financial aid information, and payment plan options.