School of Social Work
Whether you are considering the BSW, MSW, or PhD, we'll do all we can to guide you through the application process and make your Barry University School of Social Work education affordable. Barry University’s School of Social Work has one of the best scholarship programs of any graduate school of social work in the country, with more than $1.7 million in scholarships and tuition discounts awarded over the last three years. Over 90% of our social work students receive assistance through scholarships, professional discounts, and graduate assistantships.
All students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application online:
Institution Code 001466
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami Shores, Florida 33161-6695
Students should carefully evaluate their capabilities for meeting living expenses and educational costs and arrange their financing through resources such as savings, part-time employment, agency stipends, and loans.
Barry University School of Social Work offers:
Full-time graduate students may qualify for scholarships of up to $13,500 per academic year at the Miami Shores Campus.
To be eligible to receive a merit scholarship award, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- have attained a minimum grade point average of 3.0 during the last 60 credits of your undergraduate baccalaureate program
- be granted full acceptance to the Barry University School of Social Work
- enroll full-time in the MSW traditional 60cr program or 32cr Advanced Standing program located in Miami Shores
No specific application is needed for the award. Your application to the School of Social Work will service as the basis for which a merit scholarship is granted. Your scholarship will be renewed for the second year of the program if you maintain satisfactory academic performance; a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
Professional Employment Discounts
Part-time degree seeking students who are taking classes at the Miami Shores campus may have their tuition reduced by 30%. To be eligible to receive a tuition discount award, you must be working in a “helping profession” a minimum of 24 hours a week. The nature of your employment must reflect basic social work tasks, objectives, and goals. You must request a letter from your supervisor, on company letterhead, describing what you do at your place of employment and verifying that you are employed a minimum of 24 hours a week. Examples of professional settings:
- Human Services
- Legal Services
- Health and Medical Services
Our Ft. Myers and Palm Beach/Treasure Coast students automatically receive a 35% tuition reduction, and our Bahamian student tuition is discounted 47% - making these sites affordable options as well. This may not be combined with merit scholarships or other tuition discounts that are offered at the Miami Shores Campus.
Graduate Assistantships are valued at the tuition cost of one course per semester. Graduate assistants must work a minimum of 140 hours a semester. Students must be accepted to the program prior to applying for a graduate assistantship. Students must be registered full-time. Applications are available through the Office of Admissions, Enrollment, and Student Services.
Loan Forgiveness Programs
There are multiple programs and resources that assist social workers with loan repayment. Social workers working in public or private nonprofit child or family service agencies providing services to high-risk children and families from low-income communities or social workers providing early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities in public or private nonprofit agencies under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) may be eligible for a loan forgiveness program. Click here for more information.
Florida Tuition Reduction
The Florida Tuition Reduction grant is offered to students who choose to enroll during the spring and summer semesters. In order to qualify for this award, you must be accepted as a full-time student to the School of Social Work, be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours for spring, be a Florida resident for the past 24 months, and have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.
Private Scholarships and Grants
Full and part-time graduate students may qualify for private scholarships and grants sponsored by the School through private donors and funding from local, state, federal, and private foundation grants.
Dr. Neta Kolasa Scholarship (MSW & PhD)
This scholarship recognizes outstanding MSW and/or PhD students attending the Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work at Barry University; students who demonstrate dedication, commitment and professionalism in practicing the values and skills of professional social work. Students with a particular commitment to professional “best practices” that promote social justice are encouraged to apply. Recipients awarded the Dr. Neta Kolasa Scholarship will receive a one-time annual award in the amount of $5,000.00. Click here for more information.
Marilyn Zide Memorial Scholarship (BSW & MSW)
This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Marilyn Zide, faculty and alumnus of Barry University. It has been established to honor Dr. Zide’s commitment to the profession of social work and her dedication to both service and education. The purpose of this fund is to recognize a mature BSW or MSW student who has returned to school with an interest in direct practice. Students who can demonstrate a turning point in their life that brought them to the profession of social work are encouraged to apply. A one-time award in the amount of $1500.00 will be awarded to a selected recipient. Click here for more information.
Gala Munnings Memorial Scholarship (BSW)
This scholarship recognizes outstanding full time undergraduate students who are enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior in the Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work at Barry University; students who demonstrate dedication, commitment and ethical behaviors in practicing the values and skills of professional social work. Students with a particular commitment to the promotion of social justice are encouraged to apply. Recipients awarded the Gala Munnings Memorial Scholarship will receive a one-time annual award in the amount of $1,500.00. Click here for more information.
Student Academic Leadership Fellowship: Learn, Reflect, Serve (BSW & MSW)
This Fellowship is designed to assist talented graduate and undergraduate Barry University School of Social Work students by underwriting educational enrichment opportunities that would provide students with curriculum-related experiences within the university, local, and global communities. It will also endorse opportunities for students to actively promote social justice through community practice experiences. Such experiences would extend the application and development of skills beyond those generally interpreted as clinical practice in the social work profession, and challenge students to intentionally advance their advocacy and leadership skills. Click here to view recent fellowship recipients
Dr. Beulah Rothman Scholarship (PhD)
The purpose of this memorial scholarship fund is to assist capable, financially needy doctoral students in the Barry University School of Social Work. The annual scholarship award/s will range from 1, 000 to 2,000. Click here for more information.
The Peacock Foundation Inc. Scholarship
Throughout its distinguished history, Peacock Foundation, Inc. has assisted hundreds of nonprofit organizations in their missions to improve the lives of thousands of South Floridians. Founded in 1947, Peacock Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to enhance and promote the good health and well-being of children and families through contributions, gifts, and grants to eligible nonprofit organizations primarily in Miami-Dade County. This scholarship supports advanced standing MSW students that through professional transformation, demonstrate a commitment to social work practice with children, families, and underprivileged persons in Southeast Florida. Click here for more information
William D. Ford Direct Loan Program
As a participant in the William D. Ford Direct Loan program the following loans are available for graduate students:
- Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan
- Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan
- Graduate Plus Loan
- Federal Perkins Loan Program
- Alternative or Private Loan Programs
If you would like more information on student loans or other federal student aid programs, please contact:
Office of Financial Aid
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami, Shores, Fl 33161
305-899-3664 or 3978
800-756-6000, ext 3664 or 3978
For more information on tuition discounts contact:
Office of Admission, Enrollment and Student Services
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695
305-899-3919 or 800-756-6000 ext. 3919