Financial Aid Resources
The University at Buffalo ranks among the most affordable public
universities in the United States. There are many sources of
funding available to students through federal and state programs,
as well as UB scholarships and fellowships.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
The FAFSA is an application for federal student aid that
collects the basic information needed to determine your eligibility
for all of the financial aid programs sponsored by the federal
All U.S. citizens and certain eligible non-citizens should file
a FAFSA form as the first step for consideration of any federal
financial aid. Low interest federal student loans such as Federal
Direct, Stafford, and Perkins loans are considered financial aid
and can only be accessed after an application has been filled.
Financial aid is given out on a first-come, first-served basis,
so applying early is important. You should fill out a FAFSA even if
you are not sure you will be attending UB.
Filling out a FAFSA doesn't mean that you have to accept all of
the aid. You will have the option of accepting all or some of it,
or of declining to take any at all. You can file a free FAFSA application online. This
form must be filed every year, as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Be
sure to file your financial aid application as soon as possible,
UB's priority due date is March 1.
Steps on how to apply for financial aid and maintaining
eligibility can be accessed at the UB Office of Financial
Aid. You may also contact the office at 716-645-8232 or
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The
University at Buffalo's federal title IV school code is
For New York State Residents
GOP (Graduate Opportunity Program) Tuition Scholarship
Eligibility requirements for GOP (formerly GEOP) include New York State
residency and full-time enrollment in the MSW graduate degree
program. In addition, applicants must have graduated from a SUNY
Equal Opportunity Program (EOP); a SUNY Search for Education,
Elevation, and Knowledge Program (SEEK); or Higher Education
Opportunity Program (HEOP).
This tuition scholarship will pay for full tuition not including
student activity fees. Applicants must apply for the Tuition
Assistance Program (TAP) to be eligible for GOP. Certification of
status from the student's undergraduate institution. Apply
early, as funding is limited.
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
The New York State Higher Education Services
Corporation (HESC) is the state's student financial aid agency,
helping people pay for college by administering 18 student
financial aid programs, including TAP, a highly successful College
Savings program, and offering guidance to students, families and
School of Social Work Dean's Admission Awards
Each year the School of Social Work awards a number of
scholarships to incoming students who demonstrate high academic
achievement and a commitment to the social work profession. We
consider all applicants for these merit-based scholarships at the
time of application review, without need for a separate scholarship
application. If scholarship funding is awarded, the amount will be
stated in the student’s acceptance letter. Due to the limited
amount of funding, we recommend submitting your application early
for the best chance of consideration.
Graduate, Research and Teaching Assistantships (GA,RA,TA)
Students eligible to receive assistantships must be enrolled
full-time. Assistantships typically require 20 hours of work per
week beyond classes and field placements. Assistantships are given
to students usually for one academic year and will pay for the full
tuition cost, not including student activity fees. With an
assistantship, students may work with faculty on current research
projects, provide assistance in an academic department or teach a
course. At present there is no centralized tracking of GA
opportunities. Students typically respond to postings on campus,
send resumes to various academic units or check with Career Services.
UB Alumni Association Scholarships
Each year the UB Alumni Association awards three types of scholarships
to deserving UB students. Learn more and apply for the Willie R.
Evans Legacy Scholarship, the Alumnae Scholarship and the J. Scott
Fleming Scholarship. Applications are accepted Jan. 1 through June
Social Impact Fellowship 2017
Looking for a fabulous summer fellowship opportunity? Interested
in working with a WNY organization to tackle societal issues? If
you are an advanced year MSW student (as of summer 2017) and
looking for a paid (modest stipend) summer opportunity at a
mission-driven organization, this may be the right opportunity for
The fellowship is an 8-wk (6/5-7/28), full-time program, during
which students will explore and implement innovative solutions in
eight local organizations. Two students – one MSW student and
one student from the School of Management – will be co-placed
at each location. You will receive credit for a 3-credit elective,
your tuition and fees for the course will be covered, and you will
receive a small stipend. Please note that completing this
Fellowship will not satisfy any field education requirement
for the MSW program.
Questions? Please contact Maureen Hammett at (716) 645-9113.
Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowships
This highly competitive fellowship is sponsored by the SUNY office
of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and offers support for
academically outstanding full-time students in the MSW, MSW/PhD,
and PhD programs who can demonstrate that they would contribute to
the diversity of the student body, especially those who can
demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other
impediment to success in higher education. Arthur A. Schomburg
fellows receive a stipend and a full tuition scholarship.
Recipients are selected by the MSW and PhD Admissions Committees
after program applications are reviewed. View or download flyer for
These competitive fellowships are available for academically
outstanding new PhD in Social Welfare students. The award comes
with an assistantship and stipend in addition to a tuition
scholarship. Recipients are selected by the PhD Admissions
Committee after program applications are reviewed. View or download
flyer for award details.
National Association of Social Workers Foundation
Fellowship, Scholarship and Research Awards
NASW Foundation scholarships and fellowships help to provide the
financial resources to support member students pursuing a variety
of social work specialties.
For Canadian Students
Canada Student Loans Plan
UB is an approved school under the Canada Student Loans Plan
through the Ontario Student Assistance program. Canadian students
are also eligible to apply to the School of Social Work for any
school-based scholarships. For more information, visit the Office of Financial Aid's website.
Contact UB's Office of Financial Aid
Financial Aid Advisor Appointment Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.