Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition Rates 2021-2022

2021-2022 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 2020-2021

Two-Year Tuition and Fee Estimates

Two-year tuition comparison table: Seattle University, University of Washington, University of Washington Tacoma, Smith College, University of Southern California
InstitutionProgramResident Non-ResidentInternational
Seattle University Two-Year $49,050 $49,050 $49,050
University of WA Day Program $42,206 $70,608 $72,519
University of WA Extended Degree $65,465 $65,465 $65,465
University of WA Tacoma Three-Year $59,925  $103,616 N/A 
Smith College Two-Year  $70,565  $70,565  $70,565
University of Southern California Four Semester $117,005  $117,005

Advanced Standing Tuition and Fee Estimates

Advanced Standing tuition comparison table: Seattle University, University of Washington, University of Washington Tacoma, Smith College, University of Southern California
Seattle University Advanced Standing $29,135 $29,135 $29,135
University of WA Full-Time Advanced Standing $27,974 $46,965 $47,955
University of WA Part-Time Advanced Standing $41,845 $41,845 $41,845
University of WA Tacoma Advanced Standing $34,230 $59,196 N/A
Smith College Advanced Standing  $38,690  $38.690 $38,690
University of Southern California Advanced Standing  $74,632  $74,632  



General Information-Seattle University Scholarships for Graduate Programs

All admitted applicants are considered for Seattle University Scholarships for Graduate Programs based upon a holistic review of all information received in the application process and available funding. Awards are renewable for multi-year programs based upon satisfactory progress toward degree completion. Scholarship amounts are based upon full-time enrollment of minimally 6 quarter credits per term. Students taking less than 6 quarter credits will have their award amount pro-rated accordingly.

Seattle University Scholarships for Graduate Programs are called Equity Scholarships. 

Equity Scholarships

To establish a diverse and equitable student population in the MSW program, the SU MSW program offers scholarships that are distributed based on these principles. We offer an Equity in Distribution Scholarship to support students for whom financial need would extend beyond any eligible financial aid provided through the FAFSA filing, which would present a major barrier to pursuing graduate education. To increase the number of clinical social workers of color, we also offer an Equity in Representation Scholarship to provide financial support to students of color. Students may qualify for one or both scholarships based on eligibility.

Etnyre Scheingold Clinical Social Work Endowed Scholarship

Seattle University's MSW Program offers an endowed scholarship created by Lee Scheingold, MA, MSW and Bill Etnyre, MSW, PhD. The Etnyre Scheingold Clinical Social Work Endowed Scholarship supports 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. 

Endowed scholarship consideration may require additional documents and recipients may be notified after admission depending upon the selection criteria. Domestic and permanent resident applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a FAFSA to be eligible for any need-based endowed or external scholarships and/or graduate student loans.

AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarship

Applicants to Seattle University Graduate Programs are eligible to apply for the AmeriCorps Alumni Scholarship.

Recipients of the scholarship receive a total award of $3,000 toward tuition, which is distributed over the first two years of the student's academic program. Eligible applicants must have successfully completed (or will have completed) an AmeriCorps term of service by the time of enrollment in their graduate program. Seven new scholarships are awarded annually.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships in teaching, research and marketing/recruitment may be available to qualified students. 

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. 

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

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.

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.