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 “generalist 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 department Scholarships
The Department of Social Work 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.
Inclusion Excellence Scholarship
Aimed to reduce financial barriers to graduate education for BIPOC identifying students, historically under-represented students, first generation college students, and/or those with the greatest financial need.
Open Date: The scholarship application will be available via your application portal on May 1, 2024.
Deadline to apply: June 1st (Priority Deadline), June 30th (Final Deadline)
- Racialized lived experience as someone who identifies with backgrounds historically excluded from and underrepresented in college education and career paths.
- First generation college graduate (neither parent/guardian having completed a baccalaureate degree).
- Other lived experiences historically underrepresented and/or marginalized within graduate education including but not limited to the following:
- Holding DACA, TPS, refugee, or asylee status
- Having a gender and/or sexual orientation identity historically underrepresented in the applicant’s profession
- Individuals with a disability
*Employees/employee dependents of Augsburg are excluded from eligibility.
Students who received their bachelor’s degree from Augsburg University 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 Augsburg graduate. The grant amount for the academic year for graduate programs is $80.00/credit. Grants and/or discounts are not stackable. For more information, visit Payment Plans and Discounts.
AmeriCorps/Lutheran Volunteer Corps DISCOUNT
Augsburg offers a tuition grant for students who have served with AmeriCorps. The grant amount for the academic year for graduate programs is $80.00/credit. Grants and/or discounts are not stackable.
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 email@example.com.
Military Tuition Grant
Individuals who are serving or have served qualify for discounted tuition. The grant amount for the academic year for graduate programs is $80.00/credit. Grants and/or discounts are not stackable.
Augsburg Partnership Grant
Individuals who are employed by corporations/institutions that are participating in the Augsburg Partnership Grant program and are enrolled in any graduate program, are 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. The grant for graduate programs is currently $80.00/credit. Grants and/or discounts are not stackable.
Augsburg University also partners with the Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) to offer the Partnership Grant to all MSSA members and MSSA employees. At the time of application, students select Partnership Grant and indicate their MSSA involvement.
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 more information on financial aid or tuition discount programs, contact the Enrollment Center.