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. Silberman School of Social Work
    2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035
    For more information on scholarships, please contact


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 Enrollment and Management Office will provide you with information on financing your education. Additionally, there are several scholarships offered specifically to social work students. MSW students attending SSSW are considered once they complete and submit their application below. To apply for a scholarship, please take the following steps:

  1. Completing your FAFSA: Whether you plan to access loan options or not, you must submit a FAFSA for scholarship consideration. If you are not eligible to file a FAFSA, please submit the application and then follow up with the scholarship committee ( to confirm your status.
  2. Complete the Silberman Scholarship Application online: This includes academic and financial information and a 300-500 word essay. Please go here for the application link and read instructions carefully.
    • Please note, your application will allow you a place to indicate which scholarship you are interested in applying for. You can select up to three scholarships total.
    • Applications are due by June 15th unless otherwise indicated. Applications received after June 15th, will be considered on a rolling basis as additional scholarship opportunities arise.
    • Applicants will be notified of awards only if they are chosen to receive a scholarship. Applicants not chosen in the first award period will continue to be eligible throughout the school year (and applications will remain live in the system).


Incoming First Year MSW Student Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Latino Social Work Task Force (NASW): For Latinx students who are NYC residents and planning to work with Latinx populations after graduation. GPA of 3.5 required.
  • Amy Watkins Scholarship: For incoming students whose major method is community organization. A committee of alums selects recipients.


Rising Second Year MSW Student Scholarship Opportunities:


All MSW students Scholarship Opportunities:

  • Harold Lewis Scholarship: Annual award given to a student who made a significant contribution in the field of social work.
  • Child Welfare Leadership Scholarship – For students specializing in Child Welfare.
  • Bernard Wohl Scholarship: For students with a demonstrated commitment to working in settlement houses. This scholarship honors the legacy of Bernard J. Wohl (1930-2006), a dedicated and courageous advocate for settlement house and community-centered supports serving poor, homeless, mentally ill, and elderly populations.


If you have any problems submitting your scholarship application or have questions about any of the above scholarship opportunities, please contact


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)—Mental Health Scholarship Program


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)—Mental Health Scholarship Program:  The Mental Health Scholarship is open to full-time 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 Applicant Letter of Intent and email to the address on the form. The deadline to submit the 2021 Applicant Letter of Intent is January 6, 2023 at 5pm. 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

Click here to visit the new MHSP website for more information.

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