Financial assistance is awarded to students based on financial need, merit or both and varies at the undergraduate or graduate/doctoral level.
Students are encouraged to refer to appropriate Financial Aid Resources to confirm application procedures and deadlines. All financial need-based assistance (including grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships) requires submission of the FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) to establish eligibility each year regardless of academic level.
Academic Scholarships are available through the MU Financial Aid Office, the College of Human Environmental Sciences and the School of Social Work (see Scholarship page and/or download BSW scholarship application). They are considered gift-aid and do not need to be repaid. Some may be need-based.
Major Grants, Loans, and Work-Study Programs are available through the MU Financial Aid Office and are comprised of major federal, state and institutional programs. Grants are gift-aid based on need and do not need to be repaid. Loans may or may not be based on need and must be repaid. Work-Study is a federal program based on financial need that provides jobs for students on campus, in community service, or in Columbia schools.
Awards, Fellowships and Scholarships are available through the MU Graduate School, including those specifically for minority or international students. These are considered gift-aid and do not have to be repaid. In addition, Scholarships and Fellowships are available through the School. See School/College Scholarships section below for more information.
Major Loans and Work-Study Programs are available through the MU Financial Aid Office and are comprised of major federal, state and institutional programs. Loans may or may not be based on need and must be repaid. Work-Study is a federal program based on financial need that provides jobs for students on campus, in community service, or in Columbia schools.
Traditionally Underrepresented Students in Graduate Education receive a special commitment from the School in support of a multiculturally diverse student body. Students who are awarded graduate or doctoral Fellowships may be eligible to receive matching Assistantship positions, which include work commitments.
Paid Practicums, provided by agencies, may be available on a limited basis to students in their final block placement. Students must notify the Director of Field during regular course planning to discuss need and availability.
Assistantship Positions may be available on a competitive basis through the School and require a work commitment. (See assistantships section.)
Research, Teaching and Graduate Assistantship positions may be available to students in support of faculty research and teaching. They are available on a competitive basis with decisions made by faculty. These positions require a work commitment. Students must submit a resume and letter of interest with their applications. Applications can be downloaded or requested from the School. The application deadline for Assistantships is on or before July 15. Students must attend a Assistantship Orientation at the beginning of the semester and commit to work ten hours per week for a faculty member.
Research Assistants** may be responsible for: conducting literature searches, reviewing journal articles, managing data and research resources, preliminary data analysis, grant application preparation, and other duties supporting research and/or the school’s mission. Some of the benefits may include: in-depth research experience, mentoring from a faculty member, a monthly stipend, and a semester tuition waiver.
Teaching Assistants** may be responsible for a variety of teaching duties as determined by the faculty member. Some of the benefits may include: higher education teaching experience, mentoring from a faculty member, a monthly stipend, and a semester tuition waiver.
Graduate Assistants** may be responsible for a variety of other tasks for the School, such as recruiting, tutoring, or other support services, as needed. Some of the benefits may include: in-depth experience with School functions, mentoring from a faculty member, a monthly stipend, and a semester tuition waiver.
**Please note that at this time no research, teaching, or graduate assistantships are available through the School of Social Work for masters levels students other than those provided through the Thurgood Marshall Academic Scholarship Program, see page 7 of the Graduate Fellowships Guidelines. However, students may submit an application for consideration if an assistantship becomes available.
We encourage students with financial need to research and apply for assistantships in other areas of the university. Please refer to the Graduate School website for available positions. MSW students who have acquired assistantships outside the School have often found them to be very rewarding experience. Sometimes the work is directly related to their social work studies. Please e-mail the School at email@example.com, if you are chosen for such an assistantship. We would like to begin collecting information about these opportunities so that we can help future students locate financial support.
MU Financial Aid Office
FAFSA School Code: 002516
(573) 882-7506; (800) 225-6075 MO, IL & KS
MU Graduate School
Includes online funding handbook
Phone: (573) 882-6311; (800) 877-6312
MU SSW Student Services Office:
Phone:: (573) 882-1656; Fax: (573) 882-8926
Phone: 800/4-FED-AID (800/433-3243)
Undergraduate Fees - For a complete explanation of fees, including exact totals, please go to the MU Cashiers website.
Undergraduate Costs - For a complete explanation of undergraduate costs, including exact totals, please go to the MU Student Financial Aid website.
Graduate Fees - For a complete explanation of fees, including exact totals, please go to the MU Cashiers website.
Graduate Costs - For a complete explanation of undergraduate costs, including exact totals, please go to the MU Student Financial Aid website.
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