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Affording Your MSW Degree: Explore Financial Aid Opportunities

Written by Baylor School of Social Work Team on 02.16.24

Baylor's Diana R. Garland School of Social Work MSW degree prepares students alike to make a positive impact in their communities. However, we understand that beginning a new program comes with questions and possible concerns about affordability. Explore various financial aid opportunities, application tips, and scholarships.

The Importance of a Master’s in Social Work

Earning an MSW degree has numerous benefits, including career advancement, increased earning potential, and the fulfillment of working in a field that positively impacts people's lives. Baylor's MSW program is designed to empower students with the skills, knowledge, and practical experience they need to excel in their field.

Explore and learn more about the importance of social work and what to consider when choosing an MSW program:

How Do You Afford an MSW? Understanding the Costs at The Garland School

At the Garland School of Social Work, we understand that tuition and other expenses associated with an MSW program might seem challenging, but don’t let that deter you. 

MSW Financial Aid Opportunities

There are various financial aid opportunities that can help significantly offset the costs of your MSW degree:

Check Out the Financial Aid Infographic

Learn more about Tuition and Fees at Baylor University.

Practical Tips for Applying for Financial Aid

When applying for financial aid, it's essential to be aware of the time frame, necessary documentation, and steps involved. 

To apply for financial aid, you will need the following documents:

A well-written essay can greatly increase your chances of receiving a scholarship. Follow these tips:

  • Know the program’s mission
  • Share your unique story
  • Emphasize your passion and commitment
  • Maintain a professional and respectful tone
  • Proofread and edit where needed

Other Ways to Fund Your MSW Education

While scholarships, grants, and loans are the most common ways to fund your MSW education, they are not the only options. There are various other opportunities you could consider, depending on your circumstances and needs.

  • Work-Study Opportunities: Baylor offers work-study opportunities to our students. Eligible students can work part-time on campus in positions that accommodate their study schedules. These jobs can not only help reduce the cost of tuition, but also provide an excellent opportunity to gain valuable work experience and professional connections.
  • Part-Time Jobs: Maintaining a consistent part-time job while pursuing your studies can offer a steady source of income. Though it requires careful time management, it can be an effective strategy for reducing financial stress.
  • Research Assistantships: Opportunities may arise to become a research assistant in your field, which often comes with financial support. 

MSW Funding at Baylor 

Though it requires financial commitment, choosing to pursue an MSW at Baylor University is a significant investment for your future.

The MSW program equips students with the knowledge, skills, and credentials needed for a rewarding career in social work, and we offer numerous resources to make it a reachable goal for every student. 

Our team is available and happy to provide support and answer any questions you may have! 

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Explore our guide, How to Apply 101: A Comprehensive Application Guide to Baylor’s MSW Program.

Ready to take the next step? Apply today.



Posted by Baylor School of Social Work Team

We are the admissions team at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, at Baylor University. We believe social work is about service and justice; it is about the dignity of individuals and the power of relationships; it is about integrity and competence, and our mission here is preparing social workers to do these things well. We hope you find our resources helpful and informative as you explore and pursue a degree in social work!