Financing Your Education
Most students will find it necessary to finance their education through a combination of sources. Wurzweiler School of Social Work and the University's Office of Student Finance work closely with prospective and current masters and doctoral students in accessing a variety of financial resources to help fund their graduate and post- graduate-school education. These include federal student loans, private loans, institutional scholarships and external scholarships. Students seeking financial assistance from Yeshiva University who are U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is also the application for the Federal Direct Stafford Loans and other federal programs. The University School code is 002903; campus code: 00. For more information, including the latest tuition and fees figures, please visit Yeshiva University's Office of Student Finance.
International students (non-U.S. Citizens) who are interested in receiving a needs-based loans should complete the International Graduate Student Financial Aid Application (IGSFAA), which can be found on the Office of Student Finance, to determine their eligibility.
Scholarships are determined by the Wurzweiler Admissions office, which are awarded to a select number of incoming Wurzweiler students who demonstrate academic excellence in their undergraduate studies and a strong commitment to the field of social work through their work and/or volunteer experiences. No additional applications are required for these scholarships, and accepted students are notified at the time of their acceptance to Wurzweiler.
All scholarships are awarded contingent upon the student's continued satisfactory completion of all coursework and fieldwork. It is expected that all scholarship recipients will maintain at least a "B" average in all courses. Additionally, if a student is unable to complete his/her course or fieldwork in a satisfactory manner, the scholarship may be withdrawn. The administration will consider each situation on a case-by-case basis, to determine if continued scholarship funding is warranted.
The amount of scholarship awards may not exceed total tuition.
Wurzweiler School of Social Work is proud to partner with City Year. The rich perspective and experience City Year alumni bring to their educational experience is valued by WSSW, and we understand how City Year experience prepares alumni for entry into the field of social work. We also appreciate that City Year alumni have demonstrated a passion to helping youth at risk, with a commitment to the values of service to a cause greater than the self, collaboration, belief in the power of young people, social justice, empathy, inclusivity, teamwork and excellence. These values are in line with the mission of our school and the values of the profession.
Wurzweiler will award up to three scholarships annually for City Year alumni, in the amount of 25% of tuition costs. This scholarship amount is renewable in subsequent years of the program for up to three years. Additionally, applicants may be eligible for further merit-based scholarships based on the academic strength of their application.
Benefits for City Year alumni at Wurzweiler School of Social Work include:
- Priority in the admissions process
- Accepted applicants are eligible for 25% tuition scholarship
- The opportunity to turn your City Year experience into the groundwork for a meaningful social work career
Peace Corps Fellowship: Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program at Wurzweiler (for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers)
The Wurzweiler School of Social Work is tremendously committed to the Peace Corps Fellows Program. We value the experience volunteers get while in the Peace Corps and understand how that experience may better prepare returned volunteer students for their field work, which is an integral part of our program. Returned volunteers have also demonstrated a belief in giving help to underserved and needy communities. The funds have been identified to continue to support this fellows program into the foreseeable future.
We are dedicated to preparing skilled practitioners with commitment to social justice and “repairing the world” [tikkun olam], an important Jewish value. Historically and currently, the school’s mission has adhered to a distinct set of values—cultural competence, professional ethics and values, social justice and the importance to services for underserved communities and individuals. The National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics, to which we subscribe and use as a very important teaching tool, identifies six core values of the profession: service, social justice, dignity and worth of every person, the importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. Our partnerships with our field work agencies and the Peace Corps are directly in line with the mission of our school and our practices, and we believe we have an obligation to make our communities a better place and train our students to take on that task. Connecting returned Peace Corps volunteers with communities in need is a perfect match.
OUTSIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AND OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
We are in the process of compiling an updated list of outside scholarship resources and other financial assistance. Additional funding sources may be available through programs funded by outside groups such as community centers, labor unions, women's organizations and fraternal and civic organizations. Students are encouraged to research possible external sources for their education. Check with the Admissions Office for further information on the availability of these resources. Since personal finances are subject to change, the Office of Student Finance continually works with students to assure the continuity of their education.
EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Focuses in particular on individuals with financial need.
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
The nation's largest, oldest, and most comprehensive minority higher education assistance organization, with information on thousands of scholarships and grants.
The Jacob K. Javitz Fellowship Program
Provides financial assistance to students who have demonstrated superior academic ability and achievement, exceptional promise, and financial need and who undertake graduate study leading to a doctoral degree or a master's degree in which the master's degree is the terminal highest degree in the selected field of study. The US Department of Education awards fellowships in selected fields of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
National AMBUCS Scholarships for Therapists
Available to students in a program accredited by the appropriate health therapy profession authority in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and hearing audiology. Awards are based on financial need, US citizenship, and commitment to local community, demonstrated academic accomplishment, character for compassion and integrity, and career objectives.
The National Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Offers different scholarship programs for students of various educational backgrounds. Applicants must be US citizens or US permanent residents of Hispanic heritage. Deadlines are typically in early Fall.
National LGBT Scholarship Database
The largest, most comprehensive source of LGBT scholarship and funding resources available.
ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCES
Many organizations, corporations, and foundations offer scholarship assistance. For additional information, please visit the following scholarship search services:
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Wurzweiler Office of Admissions: 833-241-GRAD (4723)
Degree Options for Fellows
- Master of Social Work (MSW)
- PhD in Social Welfare
- Joint MSW/PhD program
Fellows can obtain their degrees as part-time or full-time students and may choose from any of our flexible program plans.
Benefits for Fellows at Wurzweiler School of Social Work
- Priority in the admissions process
- All accepted applicants are eligible for a special Fellows scholarship of $14,000
- The opportunity to share your Peace Corps experience and use that experience to build your career
Returned volunteers who have satisfactorily completed their Peace Corps service have lifetime eligibility for the Coverdell Fellows Program. Volunteers may choose to participate immediately following their Peace Corps service, or any time thereafter.
How to Apply
There are no additional application requirements for fellows. However, make sure to note in your application and personal statement that you are applying to Wurzweiler through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program. Begin your application now.