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Funding Your Education

We are committed to making an SP2 education accessible and affordable. Learn more about financial aid, scholarships, loans, work study programs, fellowships, and other resources.

How Much Does SP2 Cost?

Learn about tuition and fees for each of our degree programs.

Interested in OpenSP2?

OpenSP2 offers professional and continuing education opportunities outside of our degree programs. Each OpenSP2 program is uniquely priced; please review each course for cost information.

SP2 Scholarships

SP2 offers limited scholarships to prospective master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Social Work students. Applicants are automatically considered for scholarships for which they are eligible; no separate application is needed. PhD students receive full tuition and stipend for four years.

Consideration, Eligibility, and Award

Consideration, Eligibility, and Award

Scholarship Consideration

To be considered for scholarships, master’s and DSW students must complete the financial aid supplement section of the admissions application. If a student indicates on their application that they are requesting financial aid, their application will not be considered complete until this section is fully completed. No separate scholarship application is required.

Please note that applying for financial aid will in no way affect your admission eligibility.

Scholarship Eligibility

Scholarships are available to domestic and international students. Scholarships are awarded based on faculty recommendation and demonstrated financial need.

Scholarship Notification

Notification of a scholarship award is included in applicants’ admissions decision letters. Students applying to the MSW or MSSP programs may appeal their scholarship decisions.

Social Justice Scholars Program

Social Justice Scholars Program

The SP2 Social Justice Scholars Program is geared towards funding a preeminent education for graduate students, preferably those graduating from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The Program awards full-tuition scholarships and creates uniquely focused, rigorous academic programming with a preference for incoming students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

The Social Justice Scholars Program will offer full-tuition scholarships to students who enter a master’s degree program in Fall 2022.


To qualify for the Social Justice Scholars Program, applicants must:

  • Self-identify as BIPOC (preferred)
  • Hold a degree from an HBCU/MSI (preferred)
  • Receive an admissions offer to an SP2 master’s degree program
  • Have submitted a request for financial aid 
  • Demonstrate merit and financial need

Academic Programming

The Social Justice Scholars Program academic programming includes funding to attend a national conference, two pro-seminars, and more. Students will also be matched with an alumni mentor and a faculty advisor.

Fee Waiver

Application Process

Applicants to the Master of Social Work (MSW), Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP), or Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) programs who apply by December 15th are automatically considered. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 15th and must accept or reject their offer of admission by April 1st.

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Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program

Part-Time | 3+ Year

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows examine complex social issues through an interdisciplinary perspective, both in the classroom and through MSW field placements and NPL leadership practicums. These placements allow fellows to incorporate and share skills they have gained as international Peace Corps volunteers.

SP2 awards two MSW Coverdell Fellowships per year. Each Fellow receives a scholarship of $8,750 per semester, for a total of $35,000. MSW students who are eligible for federal work study support can also earn up to an additional $2,000 per year.

SP2 awards two NPL Coverdell Fellowships per year. Each Fellow receives a scholarship of $21,825 distributed over the course of the program. In addition to the scholarship award outlined, NPL students who are eligible for federal work study support can also earn up to an additional $2,000.

Please note that Coverdell scholarships and other SP2 scholarship awards cannot be combined.

Application Process

Applicants to the Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (NPL) programs who apply by January 15th are automatically considered. Students should indicate that they have served in the Peace Corps where requested on their application.

Applications received by the priority deadlines will be reviewed by the selection committee and fellowships will be awarded in March. Only selected students will be notified.

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Sherie Brown
Financial Services Counselor
Coverdell Fellows Coordinator

City Year National Service Scholarship

City Year National Service Scholarship

Our partnership with City Year brings idealistic and committed leaders with experience working in diverse settings and a high level of maturity and insight to the Penn SP2 community. The City Year National Service Scholarship is open to City Year AmeriCorps members, Senior AmeriCorps members, alumni, and staff that meet eligibility requirements.

There are a series of opportunities available:

  • Social Work (full-time or part-time): The award totals $30,000 ($15,000 per year for the two-year MSW program) for up to two City Year corps, alumni, or staff per year.
  • Social Work (Advanced Standing): The award totals $18,750 (one-year program) for one City Year corps member, alumni, or staff member annually.
  • Social Policy (MSSP): The award totals $18,750 (one-year program) for one City Year corps member, alumni, or staff member annually.
  • Nonprofit Leadership (NPL): The award totals $18,750 (one-year program) for 1 City Year corps member, alumni, or staff member annually.

Please note that the City Year National Service Scholarships cannot be combined with other SP2 scholarship awards.


This scholarship is available to currently serving AmeriCorps members, alumni who have completed a term of AmeriCorps service, and staff members employed for at least two years. Students will be considered for a City Year National Service Scholarship if they submit completed applications with all supplemental material by December 15th (MSSP) or January 15th (MSW or NPL).

Fee Waiver

Application Process

Applicants who complete the application process for their chosen master’s program by December 15th for the MSSP program or January 15th for the MSW and NPL programs are automatically considered. All supplemental admission materials, including letters of recommendation, applicable test scores, must be submitted by these dates. 


Admitted City Year National Service Scholars may defer enrollment by one year if they choose to serve with City Year for additional time before starting their studies.

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Federal Work Study

Private Scholarships

If you are interested in securing financial aid outside of what SP2 can offer, you may want to conduct a private scholarship search. When searching for private scholarships, consider checking with local civic groups, or employers. These websites also provide useful information and resources:

These resources are designed to help individuals begin their search for outside scholarships. They do not indicate an endorsement of specific scholarships or organizations. Individuals interested in pursuing any of the programs listed should contact the scholarship provider directly.

Available to All Graduate Students

Annual iSeeCars Future Entrepreneurs Scholarship awards $1,000 to a university student who demonstrates interest in entrepreneurship or plans to become an entrepreneur. The scholarship is awarded based on application materials submitted by students.

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Credello College Scholarship

Credello wants to help in helping students with their college education. All you need to do is create and submit a fun and informational video of yourself explaining your take on themes provided using the link below. 

The Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education

Created under the Will of Evalee C. Schwarz, this scholarship provides interest-free loans to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and significant financial need. 

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Giva Student Scholarship

This semi-annual, $1,000 scholarship requires undergraduate and graduate applicants to write an essay outlining their career and professional goals and explaining how they will use their talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations.

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Based on Race, Ethnicity, Country of Origin, Gender, or Military Service

American Association of University Women International Fellowships

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

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American Indian Graduate Center

The American Indian Graduate Center offers scholarships to students pursuing all levels of education. Students must demonstrate financial need and be a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group or possess one-quarter of a degree verifiable federally recognized American Indian blood. Scholarship amounts vary.

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Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Education Scholarship

The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degrees. Selected applicants will be qualified African American or Black students.

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Cyprus Children’s Fund

The Cyprus Children’s Fund offers multiple scholarship options for students of Greek descent who are enrolled in full-time academic programs in the United States. Scholarship amounts vary.

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Grants for Women

This website compiles scholarships and grants available to female applicants. Award eligibility, application deadlines, and scholarship amounts vary.

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Institute of International Education – Fulbright

The Fulbright program offers fellowships for graduate students to study in the United States for one year. Awards may be renewed, and program eligibility varies widely by country.

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John R. Mott Scholarship Foundation

The John R. Mott Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students native to the Calabria region of Italy. Scholarships of up to $10,000/year are awarded based on academic merit and financial need. Students must reapply each year.

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Korean American Scholarship Foundation

Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 for undergraduates and graduates. Eligibility is limited to Korean American students.

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Korean American Scholarship Foundation

KASF scholarships (which range from $500 to $5,000) are offered to qualified Korean American students (including foreign students from Korea). All applicants must be enrolled in a full time program in the U.S during the scholarship application year.

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The Kosciuszko Foundation

Provides scholarships for U.S. citizens of Polish descent pursuing graduate studies in any field at a US college or university, and to Americans of non-Polish descent whose studies are focused primarily on Polish subjects. Scholarships are awarded for one academic year.

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This program administers a variety of grants and scholarships available to students from Latin America and the Caribbean. Scholarship awards and requirements vary.

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Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

This $90,000 merit-based fellowship is for immigrants and children of immigrants pursuing graduate school in the United States. Recipients receive up to $25,000 in stipend support and 50% of tuition and fees up to $20,000 per year for up to two years. An interview is a required part of the review process.

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Philanthropic Educational Organization International Peace Scholarship

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada.

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The Sweden-America Foundation

Each year, the Foundation awards approximately 40 fellowships for graduate education in the US and Canada. The award is open to Swedish citizens.

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Thouron Award

As many as 10 students from the United Kingdom are awarded Thouron awards each year, enabling them to study at any Penn graduate school. The award pays full tuition, fees, health insurance, and an annual stipend for up to two years of study.

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Tillman Scholars

This scholarship is open to military veterans (active duty or separated, including National Guard and reserve) and spouses pursuing a full-time degree at a US-based accredited institution. Each award is based on the applicant’s unique financial need.

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William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students

The scholarship, which is awarded based on both academic excellence and need, is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups.

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Based on a Specific Area of Interest

A Place For Mom Senior Wisdom Video Scholarship

The annual scholarship award is for four students enrolled in a certificate, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or graduate level program in a medical, nursing or social sciences related major. The student must be planning on pursuing a career that involves working with senior citizens. The applicant must be attending classes at an accredited college or university at the time of application.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Graduate Community Assistance Awards 

These merit and need-based scholarships are awarded to students with demonstrated involvement in community service initiatives.

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The Beinecke Scholarship Program

This program awards each recipient $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies. 

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Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund awards need-based grants to students who are actively working for peace and justice at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The maximum award is $10,000.

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FEREP (Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program) Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship supports and develops future professional leaders for the North American Jewish Federation System. FEREP awards scholarships of up to $40,000 to individuals who meet eligibility requirements and are committed to working in the Jewish Federation system following graduate school.

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Point Foundation

The Point Foundation offers limited scholarships for the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. Scholarship amounts vary based on funds available and student finances. The intensive application process has multiple parts and includes phone and in-person interviews.

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Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholars Program provides $30,000 merit-based scholarships for students pursuing a public service-related graduate degree, such as public policy, nonprofit management, public administration, education, or international relations. Applicants must be junior-level students, be enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited U.S. institution, rank in the upper quarter of their class, have U.S. citizenship, and possess an extensive record of community service. Recipients are invited to attend an eight-week Summer Institute program in Washington, DC. 

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IES Predoctoral Training Program

The IES Predoctoral Training Program is a collaborative initiative among GSE, SAS, SP2, and Annenberg. PhD students from any of our schools are eligible to apply for this fellowship, which is available after a student completes his/her first year in doctoral studies.

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JCC North America Graduate Education Scholarship

The JCC North America Graduate Education Scholarship awards up to $10,000 each year for full-time students pursuing graduate studies in nonprofit management, Jewish studies, social work, education, or communal service. Recipients must agree to work in the JCC Movement for at least two years post-graduation.

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William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose

The William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose is provided annually through the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) for $10,000, $20,000, and $40,000 apiece to graduating college seniors committed to engaging directly in the civic life of their community. This scholarship can be used to fund nonprofit service projects, create opportunity for others, or advance education to the graduate level. 

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National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. Graduate Scholarship Program

Applicants must be working or planning to work directly with children and pursuing graduate level studies for one year in fields which address the special needs of children and youth. Applicants must also be a U.S. citizen and a permanent resident of a state with a Junior Auxiliary Chapter: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, or Texas.

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National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers (NAPRHSW)

NAPRHSW provides scholarship awards to first or second year full-time graduate students presently enrolled in a School of Social Work program. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong interest in community organization and community advocacy that could potentially impact the Puerto Rican/Latino community. Applicants should demonstrate financial need and proficient academic performance.

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Pi Gamma Mu Scholarship

These scholarships are intended for first- or second-year graduate students in the areas of sociology, anthropology, political science, history, economics, international relations, public administration, criminal justice, law, social work, psychology, and human/cultural geography. The program is open to all members of Pi Gamma Mu in good standing. 

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Loan Options

Graduate Direct Loan

Graduate PLUS Loan

Repayment options

  • Income-Based Repayment (IBR)
  • Pay As You Earn Repayment (Pay As You Earn)
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University of Pennsylvania Penn Payment Plan

Penn offers a monthly payment plan that allows families to pay educational expenses over five months per semester with no interest. The monthly payment plan is for the academic year and is not available for students enrolled in summer courses.

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