Financial Aid & Scholarship

Financial Aid Information

Information about financial aid (scholarships, loans, and work-study) available at Hunter is provided in order to assist you in meeting the costs of enrollment at Silberman. There are two primary resources for financial assistance information for students at Silberman:

  1. Hunter College Financial Aid Office
    695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065
    Phone 212-772-4820
  2. Scholarship and Financial Aid Office of Silberman SSW
    2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035
    For more information on scholarships, please contact 212-396-7626

Federal Loan Programs

The Hunter College Financial Aid Office is also responsible for administering federal loan programs. To learn about these programs, go to The Financial Aid Office website provides details about the following:

  • Federal Direct Loans (William D. Ford Direct Loan Program)
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Work-Study

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Specific information about financial aid for graduate students is available at For financial aid matters please contact the Hunter College Financial Aid Office Directly: or (212) 772-4820.

New York State Financial Aid

Students who want to apply for federal and New York State financial aid can complete applications in one online session at In addition, students who want to request a Federal Direct Loan must request the loan online at

School of Social Work Scholarships

The Scholarship Office at the Silberman SSW will provide you with information on financing your SSW education. We have several different scholarships that we administer specifically for social work students. Applying to these scholarships requires:

  1. Filing your FAFSA.
  2. Submitting an application package which includes an updated resume, SSSW scholarship application form, and an essay by Friday November 11, 2016.


  • Phyllis and Joseph Caroff Foundation for Health and Mental Health: For students who demonstrate financial need and who are specializing in health and mental health.
  • Hugh Downs Endowment: For students specializing in gerontology.
  • Grants for substitute child care: A limited number of grants may be available to students who demonstrate financial need and who require child care or payment for after-school programs. Grants are most often awarded to single parents.
  • Harold Lewis Scholarship: For incoming students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice, social change, and community needs.  In addition, must demonstrate the potential for excellence in field education. Reviewed by Harold Lewis Award Committee.
  • Latino Social Work Task Force (NASW): For Latino students who are NYC residents and planning to work with Latino populations after graduation. GPA of 3.5 required.
  • Elizabeth K. Radinsky Scholarship: For students specializing in child welfare/foster care.
  • Dorothy and Alfred Silberman Tuition Waivers: Awarded according to a formula for determining the level of financial need based on FAFSA.
  • Amy Watkins Scholarship: For incoming students whose major method is community organization. A committee of alums selects recipients.


Please contact: Michelle Desir at regarding applying for scholarships at Silberman.


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)—Mental Health Scholarship Program:  The Mental Health Scholarship is open to fulltime employees of agency programs in contract with DOHMH’s Bureau of Mental Health or Bureau of Children, Youth and Families who meet specific requirements. Review the Announcement (criteria for the scholarship program). If you meet the criteria to be considered for this scholarship, please complete the 2017 Applicant Letter of Intent and email to the address on the form. The deadline to submit the 2017 Applicant Letter of Intent is January 6, 2017. The DOHMH must approve the Letter of Intent before you submit an application to the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Please contact Marlene Mendelson, LCSW at for information about the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene — Mental Health Scholarship Program

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