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Financial Resources for Graduate Students

The School of Social Work has several sources of financial award, based on student qualifications, financial need, and vocational goals. Scholarships are being added continuously with the growth of the program. Students apply for these scholarships by completing the online Financial Award Application on the Baylor School of Social Work MSW Degree website. The Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, with consultation from the Admissions Committee, decides how these scholarships will be allocated. Criteria for awards include:

  1. Admission to the program
  2. Application to the Office of Student Financial Aid
  3. Preference for full-time students
  4. Financial need
  5. Documented support for the mission of the school
  6. Academic merit
  7. Documented service to the School of Social Work and/or community
  8. Stated expectations of the particular scholarship funds

Students entering or enrolled in the School of Social Work may apply for financial assistance through the Office of Acaemic Scholarships and Financial Aid.   A comprehensive program of financial aid is available that includes both merit-based and need-based scholarships, as well as grants, loans, and part-time employment.  Financial aid information and applications may be obtained from:

Office of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97028
Waco, TX 76798-7028
254-710-2611 or 1-800-Baylor-U

Students entering or enrolled may also apply for financial assistance from the School of Social Work.

Grant-Related Funding

The School periodically has stipend and/or tuition remission awards for students that are funded by grants and other sources.

Funded Field Internships

Students in field internships occasionally receive funding through the agency or through a grant in the School.  See the Field Manual for eligibility, application and internships at place of work.

Stipend Assistantships/Scholarships/Tuition Remission

The School provides:

  1. stipend assistantships-payment based upon work provided to faculty and/or staff. Stipends are available with varying compensation levels depending upon the nature of the service and the amount of time required of students;
  2. scholarships-payment based upon meeting eligibility criteria of the benefactor(s) with no work requirement and;
  3. tuition remission assistantships-funding credited directly to student’s account to offset the costs of tuition. Tuition remission covers the tuition charge only. Required fees must be paid by the student with the Cashier’s Office prior to financial settlement deadlines.

Information on financial assistance may be obtained from the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Students receiving financial assistantships must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 to avoid discontinuation of School financial support.

Graduate Stipend Assistantships. There are three types of stipend assistantships:

  1. Graduate Teaching Stipend Assistantships:primarily engaged in tutoring, grading, classroom or laboratory teaching under the supervision of a full time faculty member. Teaching assistants who are involved in classroom or laboratory teaching must have earned at least eighteen graduate social work hours. Prior approval of the Dean must be obtained if a student is assigned teaching responsibilities.
  2. Graduate Research Stipend Assistantships: The student is engaged in research in the course of obtaining an advanced degree and the research is performed under the supervision of a member of the faculty in a research environment provided by Baylor under a grant or contract.
  3. Graduate Stipend Assistantships: The student is given support to aid in the pursuit of academic study. Duties may include grading, assisting professors with courses, research not satisfying above criteria for a RA or a TA, administrative support, and other duties as assigned.

Although the specific responsibilities will vary by the stipend assistantship requirements, the number of hours of assistance required by the supervisor will typically not exceed 20 hours per week in order to protect graduate students from excessive commitments away from research, practice, and study. Graduate assistants are responsible for complying with all reporting and documenting requirements issued by the Baylor payroll office and by the Associate Dean. Graduate assistantship assignments should not exceed the numbers of hours specified by the appointment. Consultation with the supervisor or Associate Dean is encouraged if a graduate student has concerns regarding excessive, unexpected, or other use of time which interferes with the student’s course work.

Agency-Based Assistance Programs

Some social service agencies offer tuition assistance for their employees.  The social service agency provides employment for the student and pays a portion or all of the employee's tuition, in exchange for (1) the student's current employment and/or (2) the student's commitment to work for the agency for a specified period of time after graduation.  Information about these programs is available from the social service agencies themselves or the Director of Graduate Field Education-Advanced Practice.

Grant-Related Funding

The school periodically has graduate stipend assistantships and tuition remission assistanships for students that are funded by grants and other sources.

Funded Field Internships

Students in field internships may receive funding in the form of graduate stipend assistantship or scholarship through the agency.

Loans

Loan plans available to graduate students include College Access Loans, Perkins Loans, Baylor Revolving Loans, and Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans. Additional alternative loans through various private lenders are also available. Applications for loans should be made to the Office of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97028, Waco, TX 76798-7028.

Policy for Financial Award Recipients

Recipients for awards and levels of financial allocation will be determined by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies or his/her designee, based upon recommendations of the graduate admissions committee. The graduate admissions committee will periodically review the student financial assistance program and make recommendations to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies for enhancement of the program. The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies or designee will notify the applicant of the findings of the review process. The approval of the application is an indication that the student is eligible to earn the allocated funds contingent upon: satisfactory academic and professional progress, class attendance, continued enrollment in the prescribed coursework, and certification of eligibility by the Baylor Office of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid. Awardees will follow the procedure of the University Development Office in expressing appreciation for awards. Eligibility to receive funding will be granted on a semester by semester basis. Failure to comply with the terms of the award will result in the student returning all or a portion of the award, consistent with the policies of the Office of Academic Scholarships and Financial Aid.

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