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Tuition & Financial Aid

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Tuition and Fees

All students need to consider their approach to funding graduate school and should visit the official financial aid website for University of Maryland here. For an overview, please review the information listed below.

School of Social Work Annual Tuition Costs

Part-time Tuition and Credits



12 Credits per year

$6,924 ($577 per credit)

$12,468 (1,039 per credit)

Other Fees






*Part-time students must take 9 credits during the years when a field placement is required and will have to pay the full-time tuition for those semesters.

Full-time Tuition and Credits



18 to 30 Credits per year



Other Fees






This table is for planning purposes only. 

*Grad PLUS loans are contingent upon credit approval.

Scholarships are merit-based for newly-accepted students and require NO application. Information can be found here.

Visit the University's Student Financial Assistance and Education Office.

For tuition purposes, a student registering for 9 credits or more is considered full time. However, the MSW curriculum requires students to take 15 credits each semester to complete the curriculum in two years.

NOTE: Notwithstanding any other provision of this or any other University (College) publication, the University (College) reserves the right to make changes in tuition, fees, and other charges at any time such changes are deemed necessary by the University (College) and the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Financial Aid Advice for Social Work Applicants To apply for federal or state aid, you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), preferably between Dec. 1 and March 15. March 15 is the priority deadline. Filing after March 15 reduces your chances of receiving aid or of receiving aid on time. FAFSA is a standard form, available nationwide in high schools, colleges, and through the University’s Office of Financial Aid. The UMB Title IV code is 002104. Do not wait until you have been offered admission to apply for aid. Graduate students who meet federal need standards may be eligible for subsidized Stafford loans, which are interest-free during the time a student is enrolled at least half time. Graduate students who file early and demonstrate substantial need may also be eligible for Perkins loans, federal work study, and limited grant or scholarship dollars. Students enrolled for fewer than 9 credits are eligible for loans only. Maryland residents are encouraged to contact their senators and delegates to ask whether there are additional application procedures required to be considered for state dollars. Visit the Maryland General Assembly at for information about contacting the senators and delegates who serve your district.

For more information, write to the UMB Office of Student Financial Assistance and Education, 110 S. Paca St., Baltimore, MD 21201; call 410-706-7347; or send an e-mail to

Merit Scholarships–The School offers merit scholarships each year to attract outstanding incoming students. These include the Dean’s Scholarships for $2,500 and the Dean’s Research Assistant Scholarships for $5,500. Scholarships for continuing students and how to apply for them are announced each spring.

Diversity Funds–The Office of Student Financial Assistance and Education has some limited diversity funds for Maryland residents who have been admitted for full-time study. Other requirements apply. For more information about diversity funds, please call the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Education at 410-706-7347.