Financing Your Education

Tuition and Fees

campus studentsThe University of Texas at Austin is considered one of the best in the world, as well as one of the best values. Cost of attending the university can be found here.

Specific information regarding tuition, fees, and deposits can be found in the General Information catalog or on the university’s Student Accounts Receivable pages. Registration fees are payable by the posted dates. In general, the cost of enrollment depends on the student’s residence status and the number of hours for which he/she registers. Information about Texas residency can be found here.

Additional required and supplemental fees are charged for various university services and for some specific courses. The schedule of fees is given in the General Information catalog and in the Course Schedule, available on-line through the Registrar. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

 

Financial Aid

The university’s Office of Financial Aid is the primary source for financial aid information. Students must complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Loan) in order to be eligible. The priority deadline for FAFSA applications is March 15 for the following academic year.

 

Research Assistanship

Research Assistant position decisions are made by individual faculty members with funded research. To be considered for a Research Assistant position, BSW students should have a completed Research Assistant form. The completed form is kept on file for as long as the student is in the program. For more information and questions about RA positions, please contact Carol Lewis, director of the Office of the Associate Dean for Research, at carolmarie@austin.utexas.edu.

 

Field-Related Programs and Opportunities with Funding

The Steve Hicks School of Social Work offers opportunities for student funding through the following field-related training programs and opportunities (learn more about them):

  • Building Excellence in Autism and Disability Scholars Program (BEADS)
  • CapCityKids Scholars Program (CCK)
  • Child Welfare Education Collaboration (CWEC)
  • Fernandez International Field Award
  • Gerontology Resources and the Aging Community in Education (GRACE)
  • Integrated Behavioral Health Scholars Program (IBHS)
  • Leben Scholars Program
  • Main Street Renewal Program
  • St. David’s Foundation Bilingual Social Work Scholars
  • UT Health Education and Leadership Scholars Program (HEALS)

 

Scholarships

Students admitted to the social work major are eligible for the Steve Hicks School of Social Work scholarships listed below. Students are selected by BSW program administrators. Awards are announced during the summer for the upcoming academic year.

  • Ami Lunsford Memorial Scholarship in Victim Services: This scholarship was initiated by the Social Work Student Council in memory of Ami Lunsford, a May 1996 graduate of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. The scholarship was endowed in 1997 through gifts from family and friends. It is awarded to social work students on the basis of academic achievement, professional potential and a special interest in victim services.
  • Sylvia Shapiro Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 1985 by Sydney S. Smith of Austin, in memory of his cousin, Sylvia Shapiro. Awardees are selected on the basis of academic excellence, financial need, potential contribution to the social work profession and an emphasis on working with the frail elderly.
  • King S. Stephens Memorial Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 1995 through the generosity of faculty members, relatives and friends in loving memory of King S. Stephens, a respected social work professor whose fierce intellect and commitment to social justice challenged people’s ideas and inspired their sense of responsibility. Awardees are selected on the basis of academic excellence and commitment to social justice.
  • Louis A. Zurcher Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established by gifts in memory of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work faculty member, Dr. Louis A. Zurcher. Funds have been collected since his death in 1987. The scholarship is intended to provide support to social work students.
  • Vincent J. DiNitto Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was endowed in 2011 by Diana M. DiNitto, PhD, in memory of her father, Vincent J. DiNitto. It is awarded to social work students with demonstrated financial need. Additional consideration is given to academic achievement and professional potential. DiNitto is the Cullen Trust Centennial Professor in Alcohol Studies and Education and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
  • Bonny Gardner Social Justice Award: This award was established in 2006 through the generosity of Bonnie Gardner, PhD, The award is given to a student who has shown an exemplary commitment to social justice through dissemination of knowledge, activism/advocacy, or leadership through class projects, field activities, and/or work within the community. Gardner received her doctorate and undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Francis Crockett Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship was established in memory of Francis Crockett. It provides support for undergraduate students in social work who are planning a career in the mental health field. Preference is given to students with financial need, academic merit and demonstrated involvement in their communities.
  • Melanie Walter-Mahoney Endowed Scholarship in Social Work: This scholarship was established in 2003 by the Charles and Betti Saunders Foundation to provide scholarship support to social work students. Mr. and Mrs. Saunders are both graduates of The University of Texas at Austin. Their daughter, Melanie Walter-Mahoney, received her MSSW from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.
  • Emily and Don Jackson Endowment for Excellence in Juvenile Justice: This scholarship provides support to students with an interest in working in the juvenile justice field.
  • Tu-Ting and Rachel Tsan Endowed Scholarship in Social Work: This scholarship provides support for undergraduates majoring in social work. Recipients must be full time students who have at least 45 credit hours in residence at UT Austin and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.75. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors with financial need who are on track to graduate within four years.
  • Ruth J. Rubio and L.V. Sclerandi, Jr. Endowment: This scholarship provides support to social work students with preference given to seniors with demonstrated financial need who are first generation college students and are entering their field practicum.
  • School of Social Work Anniversary Excellence Fund: This excellence fund was created through a campaign to honor the Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s 60th anniversary. The fund provides scholarship support to social work students.