Students that have completed a BSW degree prior to beginning the MSW program will receive “advanced standing” status. They will need to complete either 40 or 41 total credits to earn the MSW degree. Students entering the MSW program with a bachelor’s degree in any other discipline are considered “foundation students” and will complete 60 or 61 credits to earn the MSW degree.
Financial assistance is available to degree-seeking students enrolled in the MSW program. Six credits per semester is considered full-time for financial aid purposes; three to five credits per semester is considered part-time.
You may be eligible for financial aid including state and federal loans or grants.To apply for financial aid and for more information on financing your Augsburg graduate education, visit the Financial Aid page. If your employer provides tuition assistance, you can participate in Augsburg’s employer tuition reimbursement program. We also offer several scholarships and tuition discounts which may be available to you.
Social Work Scholarships
The social work department at Augsburg offers seven departmental scholarships ranging in amount from $300 to $1,500. These scholarships are available for second year MSW students. We also recommend students consider applying for social work scholarships offered by the Minnesota Social Service Association, the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education, and other social work related foundations.
Students who received their degree from Augsburg College and return to Augsburg as either an Adult Undergraduate or Graduate student are eligible to receive a grant. Please make sure your admissions counselor is aware that you are an alumni. The grant amount for summer 2015 and for the 2015-16 academic year for graduate programs is $80.00/credit. This is the only grant that can be used in conjunction with those listed below starting fall 2015. For more information, visit Payment Plans and Discounts.
AmeriCorps Discount/Lutheran Volunteer Corps
Augsburg offers a tuition grant for students who have served with AmeriCorps at least half-time for one year. For more information, visit Payment Plans and Discounts.
American Indian Scholarships
American Indian students who meet federal, state, or tribal requirements may apply for special scholarships. For more information, please contact Augsburg’s American Indian Student Services Program Director at 612-330-1144.
Military Tuition Grant
Individuals who are serving or have served in the military may qualify for discounted tuition. For more information, visit Payment Plans and Discounts.
Augsburg Partnership Grant
Individuals who are employed by corporations/institutions that are participating in the Augsburg Partnership Grant program and are newly enrolling in specified Augsburg degree programs may be eligible for a tuition discount in the form of a grant. This discount may also apply to students who have successfully completed a Leadership Course from participating Chambers of Commerce. For more information, visit Payment Plans and Discounts.
Parents or spouses of current Augsburg students or alumni who take courses as either an Adult Undergraduate or Graduate student are eligible to receive a grant. Please make sure your admissions counselor is aware of your family connection to Augsburg. For more information, visit Payment Plans and Discounts.
Under certain circumstances, the federal government will cancel all or part of an educational loan for those who perform volunteer work, are in the military, teach, or practice medicine or social work. To qualify, teachers must teach in a certain community, usually for a specified amount of time. Go to www.finaid.org for more information about loan forgiveness programs.
For information on financial aid or tuition discount programs, contact the Enrollment Center.