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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Cost of Attendance

A professional social work education requires a financial investment. Many students pay for their education with a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study and student loans, as well as part-time work outside the school.

Denver Campus Program Cost (3 Quarters)
  • Direct Costs:
  • Tuition                 $47,520
  • Fees                    $303
  • Health insurance   $2,926
  • Indirect Costs:
  • Books                     $1,200
  • Room & Board        $14,364
  • Transportation       $1,506
  • Personal Expenses  $1,359
  • Loan Fees              $213
Four Corners Campus Program Cost (3 Quarters)
  • Tuition    $32,670
  • Fees        $180
Western Colorado Campus Program Cost (3 Quarters)
  • Tuition    $32,670
  • Fees        $180

Note: these costs reflect the cost of attendance for the 2016-2017 academic year (fall, winter and spring quarters).
Tuition rates are subject to change each year.


We awarded more than $5.6 million in student financial aid in 2016-2017. More than 95 percent of students receive scholarships, grants or stipends. Denver Campus MSW applicants may be eligible for merit scholarships ranging from $11,000 to full tuition. Four Corners and Western Colorado students receive a reduced tuition rate and therefore don't qualify for merit scholarships but do qualify for stipends and work-related financial aid.

Student Loans

There are three types of student loans available to you:

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan: amounts up to $20,500 each year
    • This is the most widely used loan for graduate students. To qualify, you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The institutional code for the University of Denver is 001371. Advanced standing students must complete two FAFSAs—one for the current year and one for the next year since they begin studies in summer quarter.
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan: amounts up to the cost of attendance
  • Private education loans: amounts up to the cost of attendance

Visit DU's financial aid website to learn more about each loan type.

If you have any questions about expenses or financial aid, please contact the GSSW Office of Admissions.

Scholarships   Stipend & Work-Related Financial Aid