Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources

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.

Student Loans and Federal Student Aid Programs


All students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application online:
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Barry University
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.

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:
Barry University
Office of Financial Aid
Kelley House
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami, Shores, Fl 33161
305-899-3664 or 3978
800-756-6000, ext 3664 or 3978

School of Social Work Scholarships and Financial Aid

Barry Scholarships (BSW)

Barry Scholarships are awarded annually to talented incoming freshmen and transfer students based on scholastic achievement. Scholarships may be renewable providing the recipient maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.

Barry Access Grants (BSW)

Barry Access Grants are awarded to those students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. (FAFSA). Award amounts vary and are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Athletic Grants (BSW)

Athletic Grants are awarded to students who show outstanding athletic ability. Interested students should contact the appropriate Head Coach or the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Merit-Based Scholarships (MSW)

Full-time graduate students may qualify for scholarships of up to $18,000 per program 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 Discount Tuition (MSW)

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
  • Education

**Our Ft. Myers and Palm Beach/Treasure Coast students automatically receive a 35% tuition reduction, - 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 (MSW & PhD)

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 (MSW & PhD)

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.

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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.

For more information on Merit-Based Scholarships and 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

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)

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.

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Marilyn Zide Memorial Scholarship (BSW & MSW)

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.

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Student Academic Leadership Fellowship: Learn, Reflect, Serve

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.

Recent Fellowship Recipients

Dr. Beulah Rothman Scholarship (PhD)

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.

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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.

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Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund (BSW & MSW)

A need-based merit scholarship that provides financial assistance to eligible students of Hispanic origin who will attend Florida public or eligible private institutions. Priority is given to graduating high school seniors.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. A student’s residency and citizenship status are determined by the postsecondary institution. Questions regarding such status should be directed to the financial aid office or admissions office of the institution the student plans to attend.
  • Not owe a repayment or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless satisfactory arrangements to repay have been made.
  • Be of Spanish culture, born in or having a natural parent who was born in either Mexico, or a Hispanic country of the Caribbean, Central or South America, regardless of race.
  • Have earned, by the end of the seventh semester, a minimum unweighted cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in high school for an undergraduate scholarship, or a 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA for undergraduate college work if applying for a graduate level scholarship.
  • Enroll as a degree-seeking student at an eligible postsecondary institution and enroll each academic term for a minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate study or 9 credit hours for graduate study.


Florida Bright Futures (BSW & MSW)

Bright Futures Scholarship recipients who graduate with a baccalaureate degree in the 2010-2011 academic year or after, in seven semester or fewer (or the equivalent in credit hours), and who wish to pursue graduate study, may apply the unused portion of their Florida Academic or Merit Scholars award toward one semester of graduate study, not to exceed 15 semester hours paid at the undergraduate rate.

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Additional Financial Aid Resources

Additional programs for undergraduate and graduate students may also be available. The financial assistance programs available through the State of Florida are subject to change. The most current information regarding State of Florida financial programs may be obtained by reviewing the Florida Department of Education web site, or by contacting the Florida Department of Education at 1-888-827-2004.

Additional Gift Aid Available

You can use the Barry University Scholarship System to find other scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to receive. These scholarships are funded through donations from private donors, alumni, faculty, staff, campus organizations, and corporations. For more information, visit