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You know you want to help others in a nationally ranked, clinically focused Master of Social Work program. Now, how do you pay for it?

Florida State University strives to provide an affordable online master's in social work. Tuition is broken up into the two programs: Advanced Standing program and Traditional program, as well as whether or not an individual is a Florida resident. If you are new to Florida but have not established residency, you may have to pay the out-of-state tuition.

Market rate tuition refers to an out-of-state student who attends the main campus and pays the in-state tuition plus an out-of-state tuition differential of approximately $1,100 per credit hour. Individuals participating in the online program enjoy a market rate difference of more than $400 with a market rate of $625 per credit hour.

For the Advanced Standing 39-credit program:

  • In-state cost is-  $444 per credit hour
  • Out-of-state cost is $625 per credit hour
  • Both also require- 
    • Application fee of $30
    • Additional course fees -could be up to $400 per course, total of ~ 10 courses

For the Traditional 61-credit program:

  • In-state cost is-  $444 per credit hour
  • Out-of-state cost is $625 per credit hour
  • Both also require-
    • Application fee of $30
    • Additional course fees -could be up to $400 per course, total of ~ 15 courses

Students using tuition state waiver- Course Fees and Field Work hours are not included

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Financial Aid Options

In addition to potential scholarships, FSU also encourages students to look at the wide array of financial aid options available to them.

Federal loans are an option. The government offers a number of federal loans through two main programs. The first kind is direct loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, where the U.S. Department of Education is your lender. The program offers four kinds of direct loans:

The other government option is the Federal Perkins Loan Program. Under this program, Florida State University is the lender. This loan program applies to students with exceptional financial need.

If you have any questions regarding federal financial assistance, please contact us on this page. Private loans through private lending agencies are available, but they may have a higher interest rate than federal financial aid. FSU cannot recommend specific lenders.

Military Aid

If you're in the military or are a veteran, a number of options are available for those who qualify, including:

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33): If you are a veteran who served active duty on or after Sept. 10, 2001, you may qualify for financial aid under this program.
     
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapters 30, 31, 32, and 34): This bill pays benefits up to 10 years after release from active duty and provides 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans.
     
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (Chapter 35): If you are a dependent of a veteran who is permanently and/or totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or you are the dependent of a veteran who died while on active duty as a result of a service-related condition, you may qualify to receive up to 45 months of education benefits.
     
  • Montgomery GI Bill — Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606 and 1607): Members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard, may receive 36 months of education benefits. Eligibility and its components are determined by the Selected Reserve. Entitlement ends 14 years from the date of eligibility of the program or the day the participant leaves the Selected Reserve.


For more information about military benefits, you may visit veterans.fsu.edu or contact the VA at 1-888-442-4551

Pursue a License in Social Work with In-Field Placements

As an online MSW student, you’ll participate in field placements that will qualify you to pursue a license in clinical social work upon graduation. Both our Advanced Standing and Traditional programs are clinically-focused so you’ll get the real-world experience you need to be career-ready. Programs are part-time to accommodate busy working professionals.

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Voted #1 in the State of FL

Ranked the No. 1 online MSW program in the state of Florida, and No. 38 in the nation for "Best Graduate Schools" by U.S. News & World Report

A Top 25 Best Value

Ranked in the Top 25 "Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

CSWE Accredited

We rigorously adhere to the accreditation standards established by the Council on Social Work Education

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