Stipend Programs

Financial Aid Disclosure Policy for MSW Students Receiving Stipends, Awards or Scholarships

The Master of Social Work Program will forward information about all students receiving stipends, awards and scholarships to the University's Financial Aid Office. The information provided by the School will include the student's name, student ID number, source of funds, amount of funds and the semester/time frame of the financial award. Please be aware that this may change all funding students receive, if any, from the Financial Aid Office. Students applying for a stipend, award or scholarship are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office directly to discuss their overall financial aid package.

PUBLIC CHILD WELFARE

1) CalSWEC Child Welfare - is a 2 year stipend program ($18,500 for each year) open to full-time students committed to serving children and families in the public child welfare system. In exchange, awardees will pay back a minimum of 2 years of paid employment to any public child welfare agency in the state of California. Please see CalSWEC Child Welfare Program Overview and Application on our website for more details. All interested applicants must apply by April 30, 2017, even if you have not yet received an admissions decision from the department.  
CalSWEC Child Welfare Application 2017-2018
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2) Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services Stipend - is a 2 year stipend program ($18,500 for each year) open to full-time students committed to working with children and families served by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Awardees will pay back a minimum of 2 years of paid employment to Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. All interested applicants must apply by the deadline (even if you have not yet received an admissions decision from the department). 
All interested applicants must apply by April 30, 2017, even if you have not yet received an admissions decision from the department.
DCFS Stipend Program Application 2017-2018


COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health offers 2 types of stipend programs:

1) Underserved Cultural Communities (UsCC) Graduate Recruitment Program - is a 2-year program ($18,500 for each year) open to full-time students who are bilingual and/or come from underserved communities interested in providing mental health services in Los Angeles County to communities including African, African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian Pacific Islander, Eastern European, Middle Eastern, Latino, LGBTQI, Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Awardees will pay back a minimum of 2 years of paid employment to a Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) county operated program or a LACDMH contracted agency. Newly admitted students will submit their applications directly to LACDMH in early Fall of the foundation year. 

2) Concentration Year Mental Health Stipend - is a 1 year stipend program ($18,500) open to concentration year full-time and part-time students interested in working in community mental health. Awardees will pay back a minimum of 1 year of paid employment to a Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) county operated program or a LACDMH contracted agency in Service Areas 1 (Antelope Valley), 4 (downtown LA), 6 (South LA), 7 (East LA) or if providing services in a LACDMH threshold language. Applications for this stipend are typically due in early May of the foundation year of fieldwork for the upcoming concentration year. 

3) CalSWEC Integrated Behavioral Health Program - is a 1 year stipend program ($18,500 for full-time students, $9,250 for part-time students) open to all concentration year students committed to serving mental health consumers in fieldwork and upon graduation for a minimum of 6 months to 1 year post-graduation. Payback is to any public mental health or county-contracted mental health agency in California. This program is contingent on funding and may change. Applications are due in the spring semester of the foundation year of fieldwork. 


GERIATRIC SOCIAL WORK

Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC) - is a 1 year stipend program ($4,000) open to full-time and part-time students in their concentration year of the program interested in working with older adults at a GSWEC member agency in Los Angeles County.  Applications are submitted during spring semester of the foundation year.