Seneca MSW@USC Advanced Standing Scholarship FAQ
What is the cost of the Seneca MSW@USC Program?
Please refer to the Tuition and Scholarship Support section for more information.
What financial support can I expect?
In addition to continuing to receive their full-time wages while pursuing this degree, all Seneca MSW@USC students enrolled in the advanced standing program will receive scholarship support from Seneca and USC. Please review the Tuition and Scholarship Support section for more information.
What will happen if my employment at Seneca ends?
Students whose employment at Seneca terminates (voluntarily or involuntarily) will no longer receive financial support from Seneca. USC School of Social Work scholarships associated with this program will also be discontinued, but you will continue to be enrolled in the MSW program and be eligible to apply for other USC financial support. (Note: The structure of USC’s regular MSW@USC program may be slightly different from Seneca’s MSW@USC advanced standing program.) You will also be responsible for finding a new field placement.
How do I apply for financial aid?
The USC Financial Aid Office website provides detailed instructions on how to apply for and receive financial aid.
When should I apply for financial aid?
We encourage you to apply for financial aid after you are selected by Seneca to participate in the program and once you have submitted your application for admission to USC. To ensure maximum financial aid eligibility, complete all documents by the deadlines posted, regardless of your admission status.
How do I accept my federal loans?
The USC Financial Aid Office website outlines the qualifications for these federal loan programs, how to apply and receive funds, as well as their terms and conditions.
Federal Stafford Loan Federal Perkins Loan Federal Graduate Plus Loan
When will my loans be disbursed?
This varies from year to year and depends on the start date of your semester. Please contact USC's Student Financial Services for more information.
How do I apply for USC scholarships?
To apply for MSW@USC scholarships or any School of Social Work endowed scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form directly through USC. Seneca does not make decisions on USC's scholarship awards.
Can I apply for stipends?
Currently, Seneca MSW@USC students are not eligible for the CalSWEC Public Child Welfare, CalSWEC Mental Health or GSWEC stipends. These stipends are inextricably linked to the traditional academic year for the campus program and require certain extended placements for students in their foundation year. The stipends are accompanied by employment commitments, which in many cases are specific to Los Angeles County.
Is federal work study available?
Federal work study is not available for Seneca MSW @ USC students.
When is my tuition bill due?
This varies from year to year and depends on the start date of your semester. Please contact Student Financial Services for more information.
Will I receive the scholarship money directly?
No, the scholarship will be credited to your USC tuition account on a per semester basis. If you stop participating in the Seneca MSW @ USC program, your future semester scholarships will not be credited to your account.
If I am selected, but unable to start the program in January 2017, can I receive the scholarships in the following year?
No. Seneca will ensure the scholarships for this cohort are honored, but cannot make commitments for future cohorts at this time.
If you have further questions, please contact us at SenecaMSW-USC@senecacenter.org