Tuition and Fees
Details of tuition, fees, and deposits can be found in the General Information catalog or on University’s Student Accounts Receivable website. Registration fees are payable at the time of registration. In general, the cost of enrollment depends on the student’s residence status and the numbers of hours for which he or she registers. Applicants should contact the Graduate and International Admissions Center (512/475-7390) with questions concerning residency status.
Additional required and supplemental fees are charged for various University services and for some specific courses, including some graduate social work courses. The schedule of fees is given in the General Information catalog and in the Course Schedule, available on-line through the Registrar and at area college bookstores. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
The primary sources of financial support for graduate students are graduate fellowships administered by the University, graduate teaching and research assistantships administered by departments, and financial aid administered by the Office of Student Financial Services.
The University’s Office of Student Financial Services is the primary source for financial aid information. OSFS is located in the Student Services Building, 100 Dean Keeton Street. Although admission to the Graduate School must be granted before a financial aid application can be processed, you are encouraged to apply early regardless of admission status. As a graduate student, you may be eligible for guaranteed student loans; state public education grants; and University grants such as tuition and building-use waivers. In order to find out if you are eligible, you must complete a financial aid packet prepared by the OSFS. It is important to be aware of filing deadlines and to complete the applications carefully. Contact the Office of Student Financial Services at (512) 475-6282 for information regarding a financial aid application. All student financial aid concerns and issues should be handled directly with OSFS. The recommended mailing deadline for financial aid applications is April 1 for the following academic year.
Limited financial aid opportunities may also be available from the Graduate School and the School of Social Work for both MSSW and Ph.D. degree progams. These include:
PRE-EMPTIVE UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIPS (AWARDED BY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL)
Each year the Graduate School awards a limited number of Pre-Emptive University Fellowships to new students admitted for the Fall semester. This fellowship is competitive University-wide and is reserved for students with the most outstanding credentials. Applicants do not apply directly for fellowships. The Graduate Adviser makes nomination, usually by February 1 of each year. Fellowships carry certain restrictions and qualifications, regarding course load, GPA, etc.
CONTINUING UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIPS (AWARDED BY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL)
Graduate students who have completed at least one long semester are nominated by the School of Social Work based on their GRE scores, and graduate GPA. This fellowship is competitive University-wide with preference given to Ph.D. students. To qualify awardees must be enrolled for at least 9 graduate hours each semester.
TEACHING ASSISTANT AND RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITIONS
The School of Social Work has a limited number of teaching assistantships and research assistantships available. These are generally 10 hour/week jobs where students earn approximately $1500 per semester. Preference is given to Ph.D. students. Students must be taking at least 9 graduate semester hours in the semester that they work, have no Incompletes, and have a GPA of 3.0. TA/RA appointments are for one semester at a time. Individual faculty select students to be their TA/RA’s from a pool of applicants. Decisions on funding for the number and types of positions are made at the start of each semester. Once funding has been determined, faculty and staff are notified of available positions and then select students to be interviewed from the applicant pool.
MSSW Degree Only
Limited financial aid opportunities may also be available from the School of Social Work for the MSSW degree progams. These include:
Scholarships within the School of Social Work are awarded by faculty recommendation to incoming Master of Science in Social Work students. Awards are judged competitively on the basis of academic achievement and professional potential. All students who submit the Social Work Application for Assistance by the priority deadline date are eligible. Departmental scholarships are limited in number and usually are in the form of honoraria in amounts between $250-$2000. Distribution of awards occurs only at the beginning of the fall semester. Early application is encouraged.
Title IV-E Child Welfare Education Collaboration
The School of Social Work operates the IV-E training grant project with federal funds that come through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The goal is to provide a needed pool of trained social workers to work in child welfare and to encourage students who are interested in this area by assisting with their educational expenses while in school. Stipends and internships are two major components of this program.
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health’s Bilingual Scholarship Program
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health launched a groundbreaking bilingual scholarship program in 2008 for students entering Texas graduate social work programs accredited or awaiting accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. Read about the scholarship from the Hogg Foundation and frequently asked questions.
To be eligible scholarship recipients must be fluent in Spanish and English and must sign a letter of commitment to work in Texas after graduation providing mental health services for a period equal to the timeframe of the scholarship. Students admitted to the two year full time MSSW program are eligible for this funding opportunity. Recipients will receive up to $5500 for each of the four long semesters enrolled. For more information contact: Ramón Gómez, email@example.com, (512) 471-9819.