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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.

The master of social work tuition cost for the 2018/19 academic year is listed below; tuition is subject to change each year.

Denver Campus Program Cost (3 Quarters)
  • Two-Year MSW Program - $49,392
  • Advanced-Standing MSW Program - $49,392
Western Colorado and Four Corners MSW Tuition (3 Quarters)
  • Two-Year MSW Program - $33,975
  • Advanced-Standing MSW Program - $33,975

Some students receive merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

If admitted, you will calculate a total cost of attendance (COA) in consultation with DU’s Central Financial Aid Office. The COA includes the master of social work tuition plus living expenses such as rent, transportation, phone bill, food, etc. View a sample COA.

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.

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