Getting into a MSW program a great accomplishment but the cost for the masters in social work school can be very expensive. Due to rising costs, most colleges and universities have hiked admission fees, tuition costs, accommodation fees and a range of other incidentals that can easily bring the cost of education to an eye-watering amount. Many employers prefer to hire trained MSW graduates over those with the BSW degree so this makes the degree valuable.
Tuition fees of almost every college are high but if you have a good GPA, do well on the graduate record examination, have relevant work or volunteer experience, letters of recommendation and industry experience you may be eligible for a range of aid programs. Students who enroll at private institutions will have higher costs than attending a state school. In addition the area where you live is another factor. If you go to school in Manhattan, the costs of rent, restaurants and other expenditures can be much higher than in a rural area. Do not lie about your state of residence in order to try to get in-state tuition.
As an undergraduate, I knew someone who did that and had a high cost to pay at the end of her sophomore year. Checking with the Council on Social Work Education is one way to compare costs. At present, there are about 190 MSW courses that are approved in the US.
Average schooling fees will vary and even undergraduates in some private schools can pay close to fifty thousand dollars a year at certain schools. Remember that in addition to tuition there are healthcare costs, housing, food, books costs. One example, The University of Michigan, is rated as a top school for MSW programs by the US News and Education National Rankings. The college charges an average of about $42,000 for a Michigan resident and charges about $56,000 for non-Michigan residents. This cost includes tuition fees, books, room and board and other miscellaneous expenses.
However, the college does offer a range of financial grants and scholarships for students that enroll. I went there for my MSW and received a partial scholarship. Most MSW courses last for two years so we suggest you calculate the tuition rate accordingly. Some can be done in 1 ½ years and have programs that go through the summer.
Education fees and program requirements are liable to change at any time. We suggest you first check with the Princeton Review to find a MSW course that you like. You can then compare costs and fees for the courses by using online resources like the CSWE, the US News and World Report and online MSW forums.