Funding Your Studies

Financial Aid at UCLA is provided to graduate students in the form of grants, fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships and graduate student researcher appointments. Support based solely on need is also provided, in the form of work-study and loans, through the Financial Aid Office.

The Financial Aid Office administers financial support based on need to domestic, full-time students. Further information on funding graduate study can be found on the Graduate Division website, and current fee information may be accessed online at the Registrar’s Office website.

To apply for financial aid, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application by March 2nd. Completion of the FAFSA or the FAFSA Renewal Application is required for all financial aid programs.

Additionally, selected partner agencies provide stipend funding for fieldwork in the specific areas of public child welfare, veterans affairs, mental health, and gerontological social work: 

Public Child Welfare 
The California Social Work Education Center (CALSWEC)
Stipend Amount: $18,500
Years of Funding: 2 years
Post-degree Work Commitment: 2 years

University Consortium for Children and Families (UCCF)
Stipend Amount: $18,500.
Years of Funding: 2 years
Post-degree work commitment: 2 years

Mental Health
The California Social Work Education Center (CALSWEC)**
Stipend Amount: $18,500
Years of Funding: 1 year (second year only)
Post-degree Work Commitment: 1 year

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH)
Stipend Amount: $18,500
Years of Funding: 1 year (second year only)
Post-degree Work Commitment: 1 year

**Bilingual abilities are a plus for candidates.

Gerontological Social Work
Southern California Geriatric Social Work Education (GSWEC)
Stipend Amount: $4,000 – $6,000
Years of Funding: 1 year (second year only)
Post-degree Work Commitment: none

Veterans
Veterans Administration*
Stipend Amount: $4,000
Years of Funding: 1 year (second year only)
Post-degree Work Commitment: none

* Participants are eligible for employment at the V.A.

Financial Aid for Ph.D. Students in Social Welfare

The Doctoral Program of the Department of Social Welfare provides various sources of financial aid, including fellowships, tuition waivers, research and teaching assistantships and training grants. In additional, each year the Program awards the Ruby and Toby Gold Fellowship to a student studying gerontology and the Jim and Judy Bergman Fellowship to a student interested in research on social work practice. In the Department of Social Welfare, allocation of financial aid is based on both academic performance and promise and financial need. Priority for financial aid is given to first and second year students.

Financial aid to cover resident tuition fees is considered a higher priority than non-resident tuition fees. Some financial aid is handled by the Director of the Doctoral Program, on behalf of the Doctoral Committee.

Doctoral students who are interested in acquiring experience in teaching as preparation for an academic teaching role are provided with the opportunity to assist faculty members in the instruction of selected undergraduate and graduate courses. Such an experience includes preparation of material for classroom presentation, actual presentation of the material, and opportunities to interact with the students. Requests for a teaching experience should be made to the Director of the Doctoral Program well in advance of the quarter during which students want to teach.

The UCLA Financial Aid Office administers grants-in-aid and loans to students. Students should pick up an application in November for the following academic year. Specific instructions will be available to students each year prior to the deadline date.

The Fellowship and Assistantship Office of Graduate Division administers University fellowships and is also a source of information and application forms for many fellowships offered by private foundations and agencies. The deadline for application for University fellowships is mid-January a half year before the fellowship year. Deadlines for privately funded fellowships vary, but are usually one year in advance of the actual fellowship award. Interested students should check with the Fellowship and Assistantship Office regularly to keep informed of opportunities as they become available. Much of this information will be distributed by the Director of the Doctoral Program through e-mail.

Regulations and procedures regarding fellowships and financial aid are quite varied and are subject to change. Therefore, further information should be requested from the specific administrative office involved.

Fellowship Opportunities

For applicants and entering students, student financial support funds at UCLA are provided to graduate students in the form of grants, fellowships, traineeships, teaching assistantships and graduate student researcher appointments. Support based solely on need is also provided, in the form of work-study and loans, through the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.

The Luskin School also provides a number of Schoolwide Fellowships to current students in the MSW program.