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Financial Aid Resources

The CSUSM Master of Social Work (MSW) program serves approximately 150 students each year. In 2016-2017, tuition and fees for CSUSM MSW were approximately $16,600 per year for one and two-year students, and $11,400-$12,400 for three-year students. The Department of Social Work is committed to finding opportunities for our students to obtain scholarships and stipends to ease the financial burden of higher education.


The CSUSM Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will provide you with the details of applying for financial aid, understanding your financial aid award and properly securing all of your loans. Please visit the CSUSM Financial Aid & Scholarships website or call 760-750-4850 for detailed information regarding dates and deadlines, as well as downloadable forms to complete your financial aid application.

  • To apply for federal student loans and grants (FAFSA), visit or call 1-800-433-3243. The CSUSM school code for the FAFSA is 030113.


During the 2018-2019 academic year, the Department of Social Work was thrilled to be able to offer 18 MSW students stipends that ranged from $9,250 to $18,500 through the CalSWEC Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program and the Integrated Behavioral Health Stipend Program.

Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program

Available to incoming MSW students enrolled in the full-time (2-year) program. Students selected to participate in the stipend program gain knowledge and practice experience working in child public welfare settings that will prepare them for a career in this field. Participants receive an annual stipend of $18,500 each year they are funded (up to 2 years), and upon graduating with their MSW degree, commit to working in a county child welfare agency for the period of time they received financial support. For more information visit the Full-Time Title IV-E Child Welfare Stipend Program webpage.

Integrated Behavioral Health Stipend Program (IBH)

Students selected to participate during their advanced year of study receive an $18,500 stipend if enrolled in the 2-year program or a $9,250 stipend if enrolled in the 3-year program. Selected students must be accepted into a field internship in a county run or county contracted behavioral health program in their advanced year, and participate in specialized behavioral health electives and other trainings and colloquia that focus on the behavioral health recovery model. Upon graduation, students will "pay back" this stipend through work service in a county run or county contracted behavioral health program, for a period of at least 6 months if they received a part-time stipend, or one year if they received a full-time stipend. For more information visit the Integrated Behavioral Health Stipend Program webpage.


Scholarship opportunities are a great way to fund your education at CSUSM and are available to a variety of students from all backgrounds. Below are links to some of the many scholarships that may be available to CSUSM MSW students. We encourage you to also look within other university programs, your professional organizations, your community (religious groups, community organizations, etc.) and your place of employment to find other funding opportunities. 


Student Participation in Conferences

The Social Work Department may have access to funding to support student attendance at workshops/trainings/conferences related to the social work. Students can apply to have the registration fee for the event paid by the Department on a first come, first served basis until the funds are expended. To request funds, individual students should submit a one-page proposal to the Department Administrative Coordinator ( The proposal should include: student name, conference name, conference date(s), registration fee amount, what you hope to gain from attending this conference and how it will support your future career goal.