Tuition & Educational Support

Those who are admitted into the BSW/MSW Program and Child Welfare Education Program (CWEP) can receive funding through the use of federal Title IV-E funds:
  • CWEP tuition assistance is available for fall, winter, spring and summer (if applicable) terms. 
  • DHS Child Welfare employees can receive up to $10,000 per year toward tuition depending on the number of credits registered for each term. 
  • MSW students who are not employed by DHS Child Welfare can receive up to $6,000 per year.
  • MSW, Child Welfare Partnership students who are also in the Culturally Responsive Leaders Program will be awarded up to $10,000 per academic year (fall, winter and spring terms). This stipend is not in addition to the CWEP tuition support. 
  • BSW students in their senior year of the program can receive up to $6,000 to complete their studies. 

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Required Internship

While receiving funding from CWEP, students must complete one of their internships in public or tribal Child Welfare. Upon acceptance, students are assigned a CWEP faculty advisor who will support their educational development throughout the program. The CWEP faculty advisor also serves as the liaison to the students' field placement. CWEP students benefit from receiving additional educational supports, such as academic advising and enhanced field placement opportunities. Child Welfare Partnership Internship Expectations >>

Payback Obligation

Upon acceptance into CWEP and before receiving Title IV-E tuition assistance, accepted students sign an agreement with the Oregon Department of Human Services that details the responsibilities of the agency and the student. The student agrees to work for DHS in public Child Welfare or for tribal Child Welfare upon graduation from Portland State University’s BSW or MSW program. The payback obligation is one year of employment for every year of tuition support. The exact period of the work obligation varies depending upon the length of each student's participation in CWEP.