MSW Tuition and Fees for the 2024-25 Academic Year

Required Cost
Annual tuition ($24,005 for each semester – fall and spring)$48,010
Mandatory fees (Health & Wellness Fee, Brown School Student Activity Fee)​$766
  • All advanced standing MSW students must pay an additional fee for the required Bridge to Brown course. The fee for 2024 – 25 is $6,400.
  • Part-time Master of Social Work students will be charged tuition on a per credit hour basis per semester.  The 2024-25 per credit hour rate is $1,600.
  • All Washington University students are required to carry health insurance. Full-time graduate students on the Danforth Campus are automatically enrolled in (and billed for) the basic student health insurance plan at a cost of $2,500 – unless proof of comparable coverage is provided from domestic students. International students are not eligible to waive out of the insurance plan and must pay the $2,500 insurance fee. For details about available plans or waiving options, visit Student Health Services(Health insurance fees are pending state approval and are subject to change.)

More complete information about other estimated costs and the Cost of Attendance can be found here and international students can read more about their financial enrollment requirements here.

Domestic Students

The cost of attendance is an estimated value that accounts for major costs associated with studying at the Brown School and is meant to guide students in making informed financial decisions regarding their enrollment. The value is set by the Brown School and includes mandatory tuition and fees, along with the estimated cost of books, supplies, room, board, transportation, professional costs, and personal expenses.

Domestic students may borrow up to the cost of attendance, but reducing living expenses and finding other funding sources can impact the need for these loans.  Students are typically able to fund their degree through a combination of Brown School Scholarship awarded at the time of admission, external scholarships, part-time employment, personal savings, family support, and federal financial aid.

Read more about the Cost of Attendance.

Domestic students wishing to be considered for federal financial aid or federal work study must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is the student’s responsibility to complete all necessary documents and meet required deadlines.  The FAFSA code for Washington University in St. Louis is 002520.

If you are eligible for federal loans and work study based on your FAFSA results, the Office of Student Financial Services will offer a loan package up to the cost of attendance for that academic year. Students can accept, decrease, or decline their loan package based on their funding plan and other sources of funding.

For additional information about student loans and work study, visit Federal Financial Aid.  Questions about financial aid? Contact the Brown School Office of Student Financial Services.

International Students

U.S. immigration regulations require that international students enrolled at the Brown School lawfully document their ability to meet all educational and living expenses while studying in the U.S. before the University can issue visa documents. The total amount international students are required to document for the first year of their program includes mandatory tuition and fees, student health insurance, and estimated living expenses set by Washington University.

  • 2024-2025 MSW students must document $74,235 in available funding

For additional information about the Affidavit of Financial Support and international funding requirements, visit International Student Resources.

Tuition Policies

Per credit hour students who are enrolled less than full-time (8 credit hours or less in the Fall or Spring semester) OR students who are enrolled in our Part-Time MSW program will be charged tuition on a per credit hour basis per semester. If a full-time student enrolls in hours that exceed the semester enrollment cap, the student will be charged additional tuition at the per credit hour rate for those additional hours.

Students considering withdrawing from the Brown School are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor to discuss all options and assess the possible consequences to their academic record. They should contact the Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, as well as the Brown School Office of Financial Services. The timing of a withdrawal may have an impact on both academic credits and tuition charges. To withdraw, a formal procedure is required:

  1. Complete the Request to Withdraw form on Inside Brown. The effective date of withdrawal will determine the student’s grades and any tuition refund.
  2. Meet with the director of the Brown School Office of Financial Services, who will advise the student regarding tuition and financial aid implications.

Students who withdraw after the tenth week of the semester must be approved by either Student Health Services or the Habif Health and Wellness Center. Withdrawals, if approved, will be determined by the Brown School Office of Financial Services.