Financing Your Education
Students enrolled in the MSW Program have a number of opportunities to seek out financial assistance to support their educational goals, including scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and placements with stipends.
Scholarships are awards, usually modest in amount, for fall tuition expenses. Varying criteria accompany the scholarships. Some are need-based and require filing by the student of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. It is desirable that FAFSA forms be filed by March 1. Some scholarships require submitting a specific application. For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Employment. For information on FAFSA forms, see FAFSA.
Who can file a FAFSA form?
Only U.S. citizens or any eligible non-citizen can file a FAFSA.
Eligible to file a FAFSA:
- U.S. citizen
- U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island)
- U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551 or I-551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card)
- Person with Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from INS showing
- Asylum Granted
- Indefinite Parole and/or Humanitarian Parole OR
- Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending
- F1 or F2 student visa
- J1 or J2 exchange visitor visa
- G series visa
Scholarship applications, where required, must be submitted by APRIL 15 to the CCPA Scholarship Committee, College of Community and Public Affairs, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. They may also be delivered to the CCPA Dean’s Office, UDC-333 or submitted electronically to the Scholarship Committee. For more information, call the CCPA Dean's Office, 607-777-5572.
Department of Social Work Scholarship and Fellowship Information for Master of Social Work Students
There are several scholarships available to CCPA students with financial need. Applicants must be matriculated in CCPA or accepted for fall admission and be enrolled for part-time or full-time study. These scholarships are for tuition expenses.
Students applying for need-based awards must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. It is recommended that FAFSA forms be filed no later than March 1. For forms or more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Employment, SW-109, 607-777-2428. See above for more information on FAFSA forms or FAFSA information in the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Scholarships are awards, usually modest in amount, for tuition expenses. Varying criteria accompany the scholarships. Some are need-based and require filing by the student of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. It is desirable that FAFSA forms be filed by March 1. Some scholarships also require submitting a specific application.
Scholarships available for MSW students:
The College of Community and Public Affairs ScholarshipsAwarded to matriculated students with demonstrated financial need. FAFSA form and application required. Recipients selected by CCPA Scholarship Committee.
Maureen C. White Adult Learner ScholarshipsAwarded to matriculated students age 25 or older with financial need. FAFSA form and application required. Recipients selected by CCPA Scholarship Committee.
Theodore W. "Ted" Rector ScholarshipAwarded to students in education, human development and social work in rotating years as follows:
2007-2008 Human Development graduate student
2008-2009 Social Work graduate student
2009-2010 Human Development undergraduate student
2010-2011 Education student
2011-2012 Student Affairs Administration Program
2012-2013 Social Work
2013-2014 Human Development Undergraduate Student
FellowshipsFellowships generally include a tuition scholarship and a stipend.
The Clifford D. Clark Minority FellowshipsAwarded to outstanding minority students from groups historically underrepresented in the University's graduate and professional programs. Awards are given to full-time students who are Native American Indian, African American or Hispanic American, are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status, and are newly admitted to a graduate program unit. Recipients are nominated by the Department of Social Work. Contact the Department Chair for more information. See also the Graduate School information on Clark Fellowships.
All newly admitted full-time students will be informed after admission of how they can apply for an assistantship within the department. International students are eligible to apply for assistantships and stipend field placements. If you would like more information please contact Brian Flynn, 607-777-9164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Placements with Stipends
Information on placements with stipends for students enrolled in the MSW Program at Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs.
Southern Tier AIDS Program: The Southern Tier AIDS program offers a $1,550 stipend, competitive placement for one student each year, requiring that the student complete 2.5 days/week.
Veterans Administration: The Veterans Administration in Binghamton, Syracuse and Bath, N.Y. offer the opportunity for students accepted into their programs to apply for a stipend. This is competitive with other interns in the region who are also completing field placements through the Veterans Administration. Students who get this award receive between $4,000-$5,000. Students need to complete an additional 35 hours to receive the full stipend.