Financial Aid & Scholarships

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All Students

A dedicated financial aid advisor is on staff to answer your scholarship questions, provide one-on-one guidance, and match you with the best financial aid opportunities available. These include Mandel School scholarship, fellowships, federal loan programs, veteran’s benefits and external scholarships. Students consistently cite our financial aid support as most helpful. Below is a list of financial aid opportunities that are available to all students across our three program formats:

  • Veterans and Military Dependents: The Mandel School is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program to help defray tuition costs. Find out how to apply.
  • Service Corps Partnership Scholarships: In recognition of your service, the Mandel School has partnered with select service corps programs to offer special scholarship opportunities (approximately $27,000 to $48,000).
  • North Star Scholarships. Students from select historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) may earn a 50% tuition scholarship, supported by the Office of the Provost.
  • Federal Student Aid: Federal student aid programs allow you to access low interest loans to cover your educational related expenses, including tuition, fees, books and living expenses.
  • Employer Reimbursement: Some employers reimburse for graduate education. Every organization and agency has specific guidelines on the terms and conditions regarding their internal Employer Reimbursement process. Please review the terms and conditions with your Human Resource representative at your place of employment. We will be glad to provide any documentation that your HR department needs to process the benefits in a timely manner.
  • External Scholarships: We encourage you to seek out external scholarships and additional support through organizations you, partners, family and friends are affiliated with. Many students successfully secure additional support through other external support. 
  • Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program (MFP): the MFP is funded through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and designed to enhance the training of full-time master’s level direct practice focused social work students in their final year of study in a CSWE-accredited program (approximately $10,000).
  • Payment Plan Options: The university offers three types of payment plans to assist students and families. CWRU offers a 3 month or 4 month payment plan to distribute and pay tuition before the start of a semester. We also offer a 2 month plan that distributes the tuition balance over two months after the start of the semester. Students and their financial authorized users can enroll and manage their payment plan through the Student Information Session (SIS) on the CWRUpay tile.

Every full-time, on-campus MSW student master’s student is automatically considered for scholarship support. The following list of scholarships,  fellowships and financial are available to on-campus students:  

Mandel School Endowed Scholarships

The Mandel School offers partial tuition scholarship support to students in the on-campus format ranging from ($20,000 to $48,000). See the list of the endowed scholarships that contribute to the Mandel Endowed Scholarships.

  • $4,000 Exclusive Field Award. We are the only social work school in the nation that provides ALL on-campus, full-time MSW students with a $1,000 award each semester across four semesters for their required work in the field. This is provided by the Mandel School and paid directly to you. 
  • $15,000 - $30,000 in scholarship support for advanced standing full time on-campus MSW students completing the 39-credit hour program.
  • $20,000 - $48,000 in scholarship support for full time on-campus MSW students completing the 60-credit hour program.
  • Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community and Social Development: This fellowship honors this legendary figure of the Cleveland community in both political and civil service. Stokes served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 until 1999 where he represented the Cleveland community and managed to appropriate federal funding for many universities and other educational institutions. The fellowship created in Stokes’ name has enabled over thirty students in the community development concentration to thrive in their academic and professional careers. The fellowship provides a full-tuition scholarship to a student who has demonstrated leadership in community development.
  • Leadership Fellows Program: The Leadership Fellows Program at the Mandel School is designed for exceptionally qualified, highly-motivated candidates who are interested in leadership, best practice approaches to human service delivery and community practice, and making a positive influence in the world. Seven students are selected each year for the leadership fellows' program. The Leadership Fellows program awards full-tuition scholarship support for up to seven students in the full-time on-campus MSW program.
  • Research and Training Fellowships: Our faculty engage students inside and outside of the classroom through a variety of training opportunities. Many of these experiences include scholarship or stipend support (approximately $2,500 to $10,000).
  • HRSA Training Stipend: A $10,000 stipend for advanced standing students and traditional students for their advanced practice field experience. 
  • Student employment and federal work study: students have been hired on-campus to work as grad assistants in admissions, alumni and development, academic affairs, government relations, residential life, the office of multicultural affairs, Greek life and student affairs. In addition, faculty have hired students as research assistants. 
  • Every admitted Intensive Weekend MSW student automatically receives a $34,000 scholarship. This is equivalent to 35% tuition fellowship*. We believe in our Change Leaders!
  • Intensive Weekend students are also eligible for our partnership scholarships, including the North Star Partnership, City Year Partnership and the Coverdell Fellowship for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers.
  • Child Welfare Fellows Program awards a 50% scholarship to a cohort of Ohio’s public child welfare employees to pursue our MSW, focused on child welfare leadership and supervision.
  • The structure of the Intensive Weekend program provides you the opportunity to continue working full or part time while having an in-person graduate school experience.

*Intensive Weekend Scholarship

  • 35% off tuition
    • Equivalent to a $34,000 scholarship for traditional MSW students completing the 60 credit hour program.
    • Equivalent to a $22,000 scholarship for advanced standing MSW students completing the 39 credit hour program.

Ohio Resident Scholarships

$20,000 scholarship for MSW students completing the full 60 credit hour program.
$13,000 scholarship for Advanced Standing MSW students completing the 39 credit hour advanced standing program.

Non-Ohio Resident Scholarships

$15,000 scholarship for MSW students completing the full 60 credit hour program.
$9,750 scholarship for Advanced Standing MSW students completing the 39 credit hour advanced standing program.

Scholarships for admitted students with a 3.0 or lower undergrad GPA

$10,000 scholarship for MSW students completing the full 60 credit hour program.
$6,500 scholarship for Advanced Standing MSW students completing the 39 credit hour advanced standing program.