Cost & Financial Aid

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The BSW Program offers scholarship opportunities for BSW students who demonstrate exemplar achievements, leadership and service in various areas of interest.  The availability of an amount provided by the scholarships listed is not guaranteed and is subject to change.  In general, the awards are modest.  The BSW program notifies students when scholarship applications are available, which scholarships the program is able to offer for the identified academic year, and how to apply.  Students may explore additional scholarship opportunities open to all incoming and continuing students at their individual campuses: 

The Child Welfare Education and Training Partnership

The Child Welfare Education and Training Partnership (CWETP) is designed to provide BSW students special course work and practicum experiences that lead to employment as a public child welfare worker in Indiana.  Students who participate in the program receive financial support through the Department of Child Services (DCS) and graduate with the opportunity for employment with the DCS.  BSW students who are interested in this opportunity will submit an application to the CWETP program during the spring semester of the junior year.  If selected, students will receive full in-state tuition, mandatory fees, and a stipend during the duration of the senior year.  Students must maintain full-time status (12 credit hour minimum), a minimum of 2.5 overall GPA, and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the social work courses.  Contact the campus BSW program director for further information.

Theodora Allen Memorial Scholarship

A fund established in memory of Dr. Theodora Allen, a former professor at the Bloomington campus. Preference is given to BSW students at the Bloomington campus who want to provide direct service to low income or vulnerable populations.

Agnes Anderson Memorial Fund

This fund was established in 1956 in memorial to Agnes Anderson of the Department of Social Services to award a current student for his/her distinguished academic achievements.

Barbara Hirsch Bass Scholarship/Fellowship

Barbara Hirsch Bass earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Service from IU in 1956.  As a volunteer, she has helped people cope with mental illness so that they could lead independent and productive lives.  This fund was established in 2006 to be used to support scholarships for students pursuing a degree at IUSSW. 

Brad Lighty Memorial Fund

Established in 2005, this fund honors the memory of Bradly Robert Lighty who was an alumnus of the Indiana University School of Social Work and a faculty member and advisor at the Indiana University School of Social Work.  Bradly Robert Lighty was a champion of students and was known for his ability to find good in every person.  He was a beloved member of the faculty.  The intent of the Donors and the Foundation is that this award be given to students who are pursuing a BSW degree.

The Genevieve Means McLeod Scholarship

The Genevieve Means McLeod Scholarship seeks to award a female student exhibiting academic excellence by achieving a minimum overall 3.0 GPA and who demonstrates financial need.  The recipient may renew the scholarship throughout her career as long as she maintains demonstrable need and satisfactory progress towards the BSW degree.

Mondonna Pang Endowment

This fund was established in memory of Ms. Pang and is to be awarded to students interested in working in the mental health field, particularly with persons affected by schizophrenia and other related disorders.

Minnie and Mary Rigg Fellowship

In honor of Minnie and Mary Rigg, this scholarship will award a student who has demonstrated a commitment to working in a settlement house (or similar agency).

Did you know that social workers are eligible to receive federal loan forgiveness? Check out the FAQ about this program on the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) website .