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Financial Aid for M.S.W. Students



Almost all students in our Master of Social Work  program pay for their education through a variety of financial aid sources, including government loans, scholarships, fellowships and grants.

This page provides a brief overview of the financial aid process and lists some funding options specifically for M.S.W. students.  (For more detailed information, download the Graduate School of Social Service M.S.W. Student Financial Aid Guide 2014-2015 (PDF).)



HOW FINANCIAL AID IS AWARDED


Financial aid is generally based on financial need.  Your level of need is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a form you file with the U.S. Department of Education.

However, many scholarships and grants based on merit also require a FAFSA assessment.  So, you should file a FAFSA even if you don't believe you have significant financial need.


HOW TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

You must accurately fill out
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to the U.S. Department of Education either online or by mail.  They will assess your level of financial need and send the results to the schools you listed on the form.


Submitting Your FAFSA

You can fill out and submit the FAFSA online at the FAFSA website. If you prefer to fill out the FAFSA on paper and mail it, you can print a copy from the FAFSA website's Filing Options page.  However, we strongly urge everyone to submit the FAFSA online, because those forms are processed much more quickly.

In order for your assessment to be sent to us, you must list Fordham University as one of your colleges.  Fordham University's FAFSA codes are:

Federal School Code:  002722
College:  Fordham
Street Address:  441 Fordham Road
City, State, Zip:  Bronx, NY  10458

If you have questions about the form, call FAFSA directly at (800)-4FEDAID (800-433-3243), or contact them via live chat or e-mail at the FAFSA website's Contact Us page.


Submitting Your FAFSA by Mail


If you prefer to fill out the FAFSA on paper and mail it, you can print a copy from the FAFSA website's Filing Options page.  However, we strongly urge everyone to submit the FAFSA online, because those forms are processed much more quickly.

In order for your assessment to be sent to us, you must list Fordham University as one of your colleges.  Fordham University's FAFSA codes are:

Federal School Code:  002722
College:  Fordham
Street Address:  Fordham Road
City, State, Zip:  Bronx, NY  10458

If you have questions about the form, call FAFSA directly at (800)-4FEDAID (800-433-3243), or contact them via live chat or e-mail at the FAFSA website's Contact Us page.



WHEN TO APPLY


You don't have to wait until you have been accepted into our M.S.W. program to file a FAFSA. We encourage all prospective students to file a FAFSA as early in the application process as possible.

At most, you should submit your FAFSA at least two months before you will need the loan proceeds.



AFTER YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR FAFSA


The U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid office will process your FAFSA and send the results directly to the schools you listed on the form.  A Student Aid Report (SAR) is sent to you.

If you filed your FAFSA online with a valid e-mail address, you will receive the SAR by e-mail in three to five days.  if you used an invalid e-mail address, the SAR will be sent by regular mail.

If you filed the FAFSA by mail, your SAR will arrive in two to three weeks.

If you have not received your SAR within the expected time frame, call FAFSA directly at (800)-4FEDAID (800-433-3243), or contact them via live chat or e-mail at the FAFSA website's Contact Us page.


THE STUDENT AID REPORT (SAR)

When your FAFSA has been processed, a Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to you.  Please review the SAR carefully.  Make sure it is accurate.  It will also indicate if the government of Fordham University requires additional information to complete the assessment of your financial situation.

For information on how to proceed once you have received your SAR, download
the Graduate School of Social Service M.S.W. Student Financial Aid Guide 2014-2015 (PDF).


HOW MUCH AID YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR

All matriculated students who have had their financial need assessed via a FAFSA are entitled to some financial aid.  The amount you qualify for depends on whether you are a full-time or part-time student.

A full-time M.S.W. student is defined as:
  • Someone who is taking 12 credits per semester, or
  • Someone who is registered for field instruction and taking 11 credits in the fall and 10 credits in the spring.  (If you are in a fieldwork assignment, you will automatically be certified as full-time within the university's system for financial aid purposes.)
A part-time student must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester to qualify for federal loans.


TYPES OF AID AVAILABLE TO M.S.W. STUDENTS

The following types of financial aid are available to master of social work students at the Graduate School of Social Service:
  • Government Grants and Loans
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Scholarships
  • Private Loans
  • Veterans (via the Yellow Ribbon Program)
Learn more about these options in the:

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

A limited
number of graduate assistantships are awarded each year to qualified M.S.W. students at GSS.  Assistantships provide opportunities for academic and professional development, as well as partial tuition remission.

Learn more about graduate assistantship in
the Graduate School of Social Service M.S.W. Student Financial Aid Guide 2014-2015 (PDF).  Download the application to become a graduate assistant (PDF).


INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS


All international students
studying in the United States must demonstrate that they will have sufficient resources throughout the duration of their studies.  Resources include private loans, company sponsorship, scholarships, external aid and personal funds.  Unfortunately, federal loans are available only to U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens. 

All international students must fill out an Affidavit of Support form.  More information about this form is available at the Office of International Services website.

International students attending GSS can apply for graduate assistantships.  We also encourage you to check the OIS website for information on other types of assistance you could use.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

QUESTIONS?


Enrollment Services
(212) 636-6700
studentaccts@fordham.edu

Scholarships & Grants
Marguerite Power
(212) 636-6603
mpower@fordham.edu





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