Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources

Whether you are considering the BSW, MSW, or Doctoral, 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.

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For all students admitted to the School of Social Work, one application may qualify you to receive several awards. Begin your search by following the link below:


Student Loans and Federal Student Aid Programs


All students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application online:
Institution Code 001466
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

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.

Graduate Assistantships (MSW & Doctoral)

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 & Doctoral)

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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Dr. Neta Kolasa Scholarship (MSW & Doctoral)

Dr. Neta Kolasa Scholarship (MSW & Doctoral) This scholarship recognizes outstanding MSW and/or Doctoral 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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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

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.