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Fall 2024 On-Campus MSW Application FINAL Deadline: July 16, 2024

Paying for Graduate School

At the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, we prepare our students for a life of impactful work. To help our graduates promote lasting social change, our faculty delivers bold, principled and forward-thinking training, blending classroom instruction with real-world training.

As important as your training is, making the most of your time at the school can be difficult if you're worrying about how to pay for it. Our Stipend Wizard helps you hone in on relevant stipends and scholarships to help you pay for your world-class education.

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How the Workforce Development Stipend and Scholarship Programs Work

These programs offer MSW students the opportunity to specialize in an area of practice where there is a high need for qualified social workers. Students receive a financial incentive in the form of a stipend or scholarship that requires workforce development responsibilities during the MSW program and after graduation. Stipend/scholarship recipients benefit from specialized curriculum and practicum placements.

Students can apply to workforce development stipend/scholarship program from an area(s) of focus based on their interests. Stipend/scholarship programs differ in length, funding, requirements and competitive application processes. Read below for a brief description of each stipend/scholarship program, including corresponding information sheets.

Please keep in mind that these programs rely on the availability of external funding every year.

Some stipend scholarships are able to be compounded with one another.

All Workforce Development Stipend Opportunities


30 stipends

The stipend offered by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is $52,000 over two years.

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16 stipends

The Public Behavioral Health MSW Training Program offers a stipend of $25,000 per academic year.

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Primary Care Project 

20+ Stipends

The Primary Care Project is a one-year scholarship of $30,000. 

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48 stipends

The RecoverUSC: Addiction Treatment Certification Project offers a $20,000 stipend per academic year.

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10+ stipends

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health offers an $18,500 stipend. 

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Next-Gen Partnership

30 Stipends

The stipend offered by the Next Generation Partnership Project is $10,000. 

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10+ stipends

The Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium offers a stipend ranging from $1,000 to $8,000.

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USC Trojan Scholar

1 Stipend

This scholarship offers full tuition benefits and one-on-one mentorship. 

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Other Financing Options

If your stipend award doesn't cover the full amount of your tuition, we can help you find other ways to afford this life-changing experience.

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