Tuition and Aid

Delivering high-quality graduate programs takes a comprehensive support system. Your investment in an advanced degree includes those services and personnel who partner with you in pursuit of higher education. Below is a detailed breakdown of the fees associated with the benefits and services included in your degree program.

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (per unit)$689

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All stated financial information is subject to change. Please consult with the Office of Graduate Student Financial Services located in the Graduate and Professional Center, (626) 815-4570, for most current and controlling information.

HRSA Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

The MSW program is pleased to announce receipt of an HRSA Grant in the amount of $1.2 million for full-time MSW student scholarships. Nine-month Advanced Standing students are also able to apply. Eligible incoming students must have demonstrated financial need and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Economic disadvantage (current income below federal poverty line)
  • Educational disadvantage (graduated from designated low-performing high school)
  • Environmental disadvantage (first-generation college student or other qualifying circumstance)

Both community and clinical concentration students are eligible to apply and must commit to interning and working in medically underserved communities. Students awarded this scholarship receive $25,000 per year, with a maximum of $50,000 for those in the two-year full-time program.

Application forms for fall 2017 will be available at this website in October 2016 and should be submitted with the MSW application packet.

Note: This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, grant number T08HP30169 in the amount of $1,200,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. government.

University Consortium for Children and Families (UCCF) Stipend

This stipend supports training of MSW students interested in careers in public child welfare. In partnership with Los Angeles County and UCCF—a consortium of the six Los Angeles County MSW programs—this stipend offers $18,500 to students seeking specific training and preparation to work in child welfare. Awardees complete their second year of internship in a Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) location, attend specific additional clinical trainings, and must successfully qualify to complete one year of paid employment with Los Angeles County DCFS upon graduation.

This stipend is available only to students in the clinical concentration entering the second year of field internship. Applications are accepted in the spring prior to entering the second year of field internship. Students in full-time, part-time, and Advanced Standing cohorts are eligible to apply.

Stipends are competitive, and contingent upon ongoing funding. For more information, contact Rhoda Smith at

Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC) Stipend

APU is a member of the Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC), a voluntary collaboration of agencies and universities working in partnership to prepare graduate social workers for practice and leadership in the field of aging. The enhanced second-year field internship also includes three professional trainings and a stipend of $4,000. Students from both concentrations are eligible to apply for a position in this competitive and esteemed consortium.

The population in America is aging rapidly and becoming increasingly diverse in ethnicity, economic status, and functional ability. Social workers trained to be leaders in the field of aging are key professionals in the service delivery system, assisting older adults to navigate challenges to their health and well-being. Many studies have established that a shortage of professional social workers exists, especially social workers who possess expertise in aging. The mission of GSWEC is to prepare social workers with skills to fill this need by providing direct services, developing programs, and providing policy solutions.


There are numerous external scholarship opportunities available for MSW students.

Other Aid

Financial Aid

Several types of financial aid are available to graduate students who are U.S. citizens. The resources range from federal loans and state grants to, for some graduate programs, fellowships and scholarships. For details about financial aid available for your program, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Financial Services at (626) 815-4570.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University, Military Friendly School, and Best for Vets College, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.