Tuition, Fees and Paying For Your Education

Tuition and Fees

Visit University Financial Services for detailed information regarding PSU's Tuition and Required Fees.

Please note:

  • Distance Option students pay differential tuition, which provides students the opportunity to study in their community, as well as complete a field placement in or near the student's place of residence.
  • Online Option students pay differential tuition as well as online course fees. This revenue supports the technology infrastructure needed to deliver online courses, as well as provides administrative support for students to remain in their community while pursuing their MSW.
  • For financial aid planning purposes, all students who take 8 credit hours or less any given term are considered "part-time." Students taking 9 credit hours or more are considered "full-time." Contact the PSU Financial Aid Office to determine how this impacts your financial aid plans.

Other Costs to Consider include paying for books, transportation, housing, day-to-day living and unexpected emergencies.

Paying For Your Education

Funding your education is critical component of planning for graduate school. If you plan to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please do so as soon possible so that if you are admitted to PSU, the Financial Aid Office can prepare your award. To assist students to cover the costs of your graduate education, both the University and the School of Social Work offer a variety of funding opportunities. It is important to note that most students utilize a combination of options to finance their MSW education. Some options are listed below.

Federal Education Loans

Educational loans are available through the University. These include a Perkins Loan, Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, and the Graduate PLUS Loan. Further information and applications are available from the PSU Financial Aid Office.

PSU Laurels Graduate Award

The program provides an award to competitively selected, academically meritorious graduate degree students in all fields. This program includes financial need as a consideration for the selection of some of these awards. The number of awards vary from year to year due to state-wide budget appropriations.

SSW Scholarships

We have some privately funded scholarships. The application for these scholarships is available beginning in mid-October. Scholarship opportunities for incoming students are limited. Scholarship for newly admitted students are announced in late summer.  ALL students, regardless of citizenship status, are eligible to apply.

Child Welfare Education Program

Students interested in a career in public child welfare may be interested in applying to this program. DHS Child Welfare (CW) employees who are admitted to the MSW Program and Child Welfare Education Program 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 CW 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). The stipend is not in addition to the Child Welfare Education Partnership tuition assistance.

Graduate Assistants

We do not offer graduate assistantships at this time, however students attending the Portland Campus Option can apply for graduate assistantships in other departments on campus. All graduate assistants must register for at least 9 graduate credits.

Employed Social Worker Option

The school offers an organized program of study that enables employed human service workers to complete the MSW degree and satisfy one year of the practicum requirement in their place of employment. The place of employment must reassign the student to work 16 hours a week in activities which are (1) consistent with their practice curriculum and year in field and (2) different from their regular job. Students interested in this option are encouraged to discuss it with their field coordinator or site coordinator.

Working While Attending the MSW Program

Many students find it necessary to work in addition to attending classes and field placement. The school encourages students to keep outside work to no more than 20 hours each week, if possible, to ensure time for classes, field work and out-of-class reading and homework.