M.S.W. Program

Paying for School

Student Financial Services is Colorado State University's resource for applicants interested in putting together a financing package for graduate school. We've included information here on our MSW Program pages to help answer questions that many potential applicants have.

In-state tuition for Western residents: WICHE/WRGP Tuition Program

(Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education / Western Regional Graduate Program)

Resident application form for the Western Regional Graduate Program (pdf)

Graduate applicants for on-campus program options who are residents of any participating WICHE state/territory may enroll and pay resident tuition rates:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands
  • Hawai'i
  • Guam
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

If you are admitted to an on-campus program, you will be eligible to receive in-state tuition.

Resident application form for the Western Regional Graduate Program (pdf)

Mail this form separately to:

Attn: Graduate Program Coordinator
CSU School of Social Work
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins CO 80523-1586

Do not include this form with your CSU application materials.

More information on the WICHE/WRGP


Tuition and Fees

On-campus MSW Program

  • Graduate School Tuition and Fees (does not include Differential Tuition which is noted in the section below)
  • Differential Tuition
    • Additional fee of $115 per credit hour
      • Applies to all students enrolled in the on-campus Masters of Social Work program
      • Provides critical support for the School of Social Work, enabling us to expand our academic programs while maintaining the high level of quality both CSU and the Council on Social Work Education demand
      • Approved as recommended by the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System
      • Assessed every semester in which students are enrolled in MSW coursework and includes the field education credits required by the degree program
      • Differential tuition totals:
        • $6,900-$7,475 for full-time two-year, part-time day, and part-time evening MSW students
        • $4,600-$4,830 for advanced standing students

    This additional cost should be considered when applying for financial aid.

  • Grand totals of tuition and differential fees (as of Fall 2017) for a full‐time Colorado resident or WICHE recipient, slightly more than twice this for out-of-state residents:
    • Full-time: approximately $31,500
    • Advanced Standing: approximately $23,000
    • Part-time Day: approximately $37,500
    • MSW/MPH: approximately $47,000
    • Advanced Standing MSW/MPH: $40,000
    • The most current information on tuition is available from the Registrar’s website on the Graduate Base Tuition and Fees page.

Distance MSW Program

  • Tuition: $619 per credit hour (as of Fall 2016)
    • The credit hour cost for each cohort remains the same throughout that program.
  • Technology fee: $25 per semester
    • Mandated by the university for all students, distance or local, and subject to change.
  • Grand totals
    • Based on the currently required 60 credit hours (40 required hours for Advanced Standing)
    • Does not include books, supplies, travel costs, etc.
      • 3-year program: $37,365
      • Advanced Standing program: $24,910

Additional Information