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Financial Aid

For financial assistance for all levels and program locations, apply to Financial Aid and Scholarships, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 50, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4700, Financial aid for Lawrence and Kansas City is processed through the Lawrence campus office.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be filed for you to be eligible for loan and grant programs administered by KU. Start the process early, before you know your admission status.

A small number of advanced-level field practicum placements may pay a stipend to students. Effort is made to assign these settings to students whose financial need is high.

For Ph.D. students, financial assistance, including tuition and significant salary, is available from the school through teaching and research assistantships in research and training areas such as adult and children’s mental health, aging, child welfare, corrections, social policy, spiritual diversity, or other areas of faculty grants and interests. Because of more than $6 million dollars in research grants, most of our doctoral students are able to obtain funding. To apply for financial support, you should so indicate on the application form and submit the application early. Apply by November 15 for fellowship consideration.

Scholarships and Awards

Financial Aid and Scholarships, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 50, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4700,, administers undergraduate scholarships and financial aid based on need and academic merit.

Scholarships are awarded to advanced-level M.S.W. students from the following funds established with KU Endowment:

  • Aase George Scholarships
  • Dot Simmons and Dodie Abbot Scholarships
  • Esther Twente Scholarships
  • Mildred Webb Sigler Scholarship
  • Terri Zenner Memorial Scholarship in Mental Health
  • School of Social Welfare Advisory Board Scholarships

Awards for outstanding field practicum performance are given annually in recognition of Margaret Schutz Gordon, Director of Practicum, 1970-1983.

William and Monte Murphy Fellowships are available based on need. William Palm Fellowships are available based on need to students of underrepresented ethnic groups. Students must be in good academic standing. The FAFSA must be filed as part of the application process.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.