35 Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees in Social Work 2020

According to the National Association of Social Workers, licensed social workers are the United States' most prominent sect of mental health service providers. Both federal law and the National Institute of Health recognize it as a core mental health profession. Social work is also a growing profession. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of social workers is expected to grow by 16 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than the average for all other professions. Additionally, the median starting salary for social workers is $47,980 per year.

Many bachelor's level social workers work in advocacy, case management, and group work. These individuals work in healthcare and other social services organizations. Jobs at this level include titles like client education specialist, community advocate, program manager, mental health aide, and case manager. If students wish to continue toward the clinical side of social work, they can complete a Master of Social Work. Having an undergraduate degree in social work often allows students to have advanced standing in a graduate program for this degree, meaning that they can complete it in a shorter period. The Council on Social Work Education is the accrediting body for programs in this field, and students should be mindful of that as they consider programs.

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#35 ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY 

ST. PAUL, MN

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St. Catherine University in St. Paul is home to a Bachelor of Social Work. Students also have the option to dual major in Family Studies, Public Health, Sociology, Women's Studies, Justice and Peace Studies, and Psychology. Those wishing to complement their studies with a minor could choose from the following: social services management, chemical dependency counseling, addiction and recovery, and social welfare. There are 12 courses in the major. Included in this total is the credit received for field placements that students must do during both their junior and senior years. The university also allows students to apply for accelerated Master of Social Work admissions during their junior year.

Net Price: $20,523

 

#34 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AT COLUMBIA

COLUMBIA, SC

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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The University of South Carolina at Columbia offers a 122-credit hour Bachelor of Social Work. Students complete a field placement beginning spring of their junior year. USC places over 100 students in agencies each year, and these include agencies centered around child welfare, community development, community mental health, criminal justice, developmental disabilities, family services, and others. The major itself is 60 credit hours, and elective course options vary widely. Students can choose from the following: Social Policy Analysis, Diversity and Social Justice in Contemporary Society, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and Advocacy for Social and Economic Justice.

Net Price: $20,271

 

#33 UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA AT NORMAN

NORMAN, OK

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK

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The University of Oklahoma at Norman has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work that allows students to complement their studies with minors in African and African American Studies, Native American Studies, Social Justice, and Women's and Gender Studies. The Bachelor of Arts requires 120 credit hours in total, and students begin by taking prerequisites for two years before moving into major-specific courses their junior and senior years. Students are also required to complete a field placement, and the University of Oklahoma has coordinated these at over 300 affiliated agencies. Courses in the degree include Statistics for Social Work, Human Diversity & Social Justice, Generalist Practices with Individuals and Families, and Social Welfare Policy: Analysis & Practice.

Net Price: $20,003

 

#32 THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

TUSCALOOSA, AL

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The University of Alabama has a Bachelor of Social work program that has a wide variety of field placements. All students are required to complete one field practicum placement, and among the opportunities offered to students are internships in Washington, D.C., in both the Walter Reed National Medical Center and the United States Department of Defense. Students are also able to take advantage of their faculty members' expertise through research experiences. For high achieving students, a departmental honors program is available. The program in total is 120 credits, and there is some flexibility in delivery through online and evening courses.

Net Price: $19,993

 

#31 UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

BURLINGTON, VT

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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The University of Vermont offers a Bachelor of Social Work. Many students in this program continue for their Master of Social Work degree, and the University of Vermont allows for these individuals to have "advanced standing," which can significantly reduce the number of courses required to finish the graduate degree. At the bachelor's level, all classes are set up so that students can take part in lively discussions with their classmates. After students finish the pre-professional curriculum, the program follows a cohort model during students' junior and senior years, building a community between students especially as they complete the field seminar and field practicum. The degree requires 120 credits of study.

Net Price: $19,815

 

#30 GOSHEN COLLEGE

GOSHEN, IN

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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Goshen College follows a unique model for students wishing to complete their Bachelor of Social Work. The program is geared toward students who have already completed at least some college credit. An associate's degree in human services is preferred and can allow students to finish Goshen's program in as little as 18 months. Because it is centered around working adults with experience, courses are offered primarily in the evening. Field instruction is still required. There are also discounted tuition rates available. U.S. News and World Report ranked Goshen College as #9 on its list of Regional Colleges Midwest, #8 on Best Undergraduate Teaching, and #6 on Best Value Schools.

Net Price: $19,446

 

#29 GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

FAIRFAX, VA

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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George Mason University's Bachelor of Social Work requires 120 credit hours of coursework from its students. Students also have the opportunity to work in the Social Work Integrative Research Lab, which gives them the ability to work on various research projects with graduate students and faculty members. Additionally, students must complete 450 hours of a field practicum. Courses in the program include Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services, Child and Family Welfare, Social Determinants of Health, Human Behavior and the Family Life, and Changing Social Policies and Systems.

Net Price: $18,629

 

#28 UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

LAWRENCE, KS

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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With a variety of extracurricular opportunities available, the University of Kansas allows students to earn a Bachelor of Social Work. They can also complete a certificate in child welfare, which provides specific coursework and experiences for students interested in working in the child welfare system. The University of Kansas also has the Multicultural Scholars program, which is centered around helping students of color and first-generation college students succeed while also supporting transfer students from Haskell Indian Nations University and other community colleges in the state. The curriculum consists of 120 credit hours of coursework, including 12 credits of a practicum. During this practicum, seniors only have classes two days a week. Students can also join the BSW Student Group.

Net Price: $18,365

 

#27 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

COLUMBUS, OH

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SOCIAL WORK

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Ohio State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Social Work that consists of 120 credit hours worth of courses. The program works with more than 800 Ohio agencies. Students can also take part in OSU's global option, which allows students to integrate international components in their major to increase their cultural awareness. For those who wish to continue to graduate school, the university has a 4+1 program with its Master of Social Work program, meaning that students can finish both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. Students can also get involved with a variety of student organizations, including Mwanafunzi, Social Welfare Action Alliance, Out in Social Work, and, as graduates, the Social Work Alumni Society.

Net Price: $18,042

 

#26 UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

COLUMBIA, MO

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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The University of Missouri trains students in areas like advocacy, assessment, case management, crisis intervention, and service planning through its Bachelor of Social Work program. In this program, students complete 43 of their 120 credit hours in major-specific classes. This also includes a fieldwork course to give them real-world experience. There are also several minors available, including gerontology, financial literacy for helping professionals, social justice, and criminology/criminal and juvenile justice. The University of Missouri offers its BSW advanced standing in its Master of Social Work program, and seniors can dual enroll to begin graduate coursework early.

Net Price: $17,762

 

#25 COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY 

FORT COLLINS, CO

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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Colorado State University offers a Bachelor of Social Work program that emphasizes the practical application of social work foundational values, techniques, and practices through the lens of social justice and human rights. The degree requires 120 credit hours-worth of courses, including a field placement. This practicum begins in students' sophomore years, though students don't fully intern until their senior year. International arrangements are also available. These include organizations and facilities that are concerned with education, mental health, child protection, development disabilities, and criminal justice. Students wishing to get involved outside of the classroom can also join Social Work in Action and Social Work Ambassadors. Phi Alpha Honor Society, which is the honor society for social work, also has a chapter on campus.

Net Price: $17,191

 

#24 UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON

WILMINGTON, NC

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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The University of North Carolina at Wilmington gives students access to the foundations of the social work profession through its Bachelor of Social Work. Graduates are prepared to enter the job field or attend graduate school. UNC offers the opportunity for advanced standing in its Master of Social Work program. During the 124-credit program, all students complete a community-based placement after spending their junior year doing service-learning projects in the area. Students can also earn a school social work certification. Courses in this program include Child Abuse and Neglect, The Culture of Military Life and Entering the War Zone, Grant Writing for the Human Services, and Social Work Practice in the School.

Net Price: 16,831

 

#23 MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

LANSING, MI

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK

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Students of Michigan State University's Bachelor of Arts in Social Work can complement their coursework with minors in human behavior and social services. There are also certificates available in Aging, Diversity Achievement, and Child Welfare. Students can also take advantage of study abroad and study away options during the 122 credit hour program. The department also offers opportunities for research, publication, and presentation as undergraduates and high-achieving students can join Phi Alpha Honor Society. Graduate are available for advanced standing in MSU's Master of Social Work program. Over 95 percent of MSU graduates in this field are either in graduate school or employed within three months of finishing their degree.

Net Price: $16,684

 

#22 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

URBANA, IL

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a 120-credit hour Bachelor of Social Work program that prepares students to work in the human services-oriented profession right after graduation. The field placement included as part of the coursework places students in one agency on a full-time basis, giving them real-world experiences in an agency that confronts the daily issues faced by a social worker. The University of Illinois also has the James Scholar Program, and students in this program routinely complete research projects, have priority registration and are in smaller courses. Other courses available in this program include Diversity: Identities & Issues, Social Work Services for Older Adults, International Development with Grassroots Organizations, Cities and Immigrants, and Social Work with Women. U.S. News and World Report have ranked the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as #20 on its Best Colleges for Veterans List and #13 on its Top Public Schools list.

Net Price: $16,368

 

#21 RAMAPO COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY

MAHWAH, NJ

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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Ramapo College of New Jersey offers a Bachelor of Social Work. Many students are also co-major or minor in psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. Ramapo also gives its students a variety of options for minors, and those relating to social work include gerontology, substance use disorders, women's studies, African-American studies, and ethnic studies. The program requires 128 hours of coursework, and students complete 500 hours of field placement time. They also have the option to join the Social Work club. Classes include AIDS: Social Perspectives, Counseling for Substance Use Disorders, Child Welfare, and Social Work Practice with Groups.

Net Price: $16,568

 

#20 FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

TALLAHASSEE, FL

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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Florida-State-UniversityFlorida State University's Bachelor of Social Work program requires 120 credit hours of study, and many students take the opportunity to research during their time at FSU. In fact, they can receive funding to do so, and for those who demonstrate a commitment to leadership, service, and research, there is the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society. Students can also complete a certificate in Child Welfare Practice or Gerontology/Aging Studies. FSU offers a variety of international opportunities for students, including alternative spring breaks in Grenada, the West Indies, and the Caribbean and field placements in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Eastern Caribbean. These students can also earn advanced standing in Florida State's Master of Social Work degree program.

Net Price: $16,450

 

#19 RUTGERS UNIVERSITY – NEW BRUNSWICK

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK

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Rutgers University – New Brunswick's Bachelor of Arts in Social Work places students in an excellent position to attend graduate school. They can gain advanced standing in the Master of Social Work program as well, and both of these degrees are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. For the undergraduate program, students complete 30 credits in the major, including a field placement that is done throughout two semesters. Rutgers also allows students to study abroad in China, Israel, Mexico, and Romania. Students can also join the Undergraduate Social Work Organization and – if they're academically inclined – the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Courses offered for this program include Introduction to Human Sexuality, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Social Welfare Policy and Services.

Net Price: $16,016

 

#18 UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

FAYETTEVILLE, AR

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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The University of Arkansas is home to one of the oldest social work programs in the U.S. For this 120-credit program; students first complete a set of pre-professional foundation courses before entering the professional core. They then spend their senior year finishing field experiences to give them a sense of what it means to work in a human services-oriented environment. The University of Arkansas has also partnered with the Schmieding Center of Senior Health and Education of Northwest Arkansas to provide a fellowship for students where they work at the center, receive credit, and are paid. Additionally, the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services has several traineeships that senior students can apply for if they're interested in working in child welfare.

Net Price: $15,966

 

#17 UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

CEDAR FALLS, IA

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK

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The University of Northern Iowa offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work that has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Many students in this program also complete certificates in Substance Abuse Counseling, Child Welfare, and Conflict Resolution. All students also complete an internship at one of 43 sites in 96 communities in Iowa or one of the 23 locations in 13 states outside of Iowa. Students can also work with international partners in Korea and Africa. Eighty-nine percent of University of Northern Iowa graduates are either employed in the field or continuing toward graduate work as of Fall 2018. U.S. News and World Report have also ranked it second on its list of Top Public Schools, #17 on Best Colleges for Veterans, and #25 on Regional Universities Midwest.

Net Price: $15,942

 

#16 UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

ATHENS, GA

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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At the University of Georgia's Bachelor of Social Work program prepares students for advanced standing in the university's Master of Social Work degree program. The Council on Social Work Education accredits both degrees. The bachelor's degree is 120 credit hours and includes courses like Social Work with Diverse Populations, Social Welfare Policy and Services, Social Action and Social Justice: A Service-Learning Approach, and the Social Welfare Institution.

Additionally, seniors must complete a practicum three days a week. The other two days require students to attend classes to complement their work in the field. U.S. News and World Report have ranked the University of Georgia as #13 on its Top Public Schools list.

Net Price: $15,934

 

#15 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MADISON

MADISON, WI

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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The University of Wisconsin – Madison allows students to complete a hands-on Bachelor of Social Work program, in which students grow their real-life experience through some opportunities offered by the institution. One of these is the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program. This program prepares students for full-time work in public child welfares. Students receive financial support from this program.

Additionally, students can utilize the practice skills lab for simulations and demonstrations of situations in the field. For students who want to take additional courses to grow their areas of knowledge, the University offers certificate programs such as American Indian Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, LGBT Studies, or Religious Studies. Students complete at least 120 credits of classes, and there are opportunities to achieve honors in the major and to complete a thesis.

Net Price: $15,910

 

#14 UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

ORLANDO, FL

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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At the University of Central Florida, there is a Bachelor of Social Work program that has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students can also complete certificates in Aging Studies – which is also a minor – and Children Services. There is also a nonprofit management minor. This program offers flexible delivery, with some of its courses being offered online or in mixed distribution. Students complete at least 120 credit hours, and there is a field education requirement. Courses in this program include Social Work and the Law, Children's Services, Forensic Social Work Theory and Practice, Prevention & Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse, and Aspects of Sexuality & Spirituality in SW Practice.

Net Price: $15,341

 

#13 UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

IOWA CITY, IA

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK

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The University of IowaThe University of Iowa offers a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, with certificates in Aging and Longevity Studies, Critical Cultural Competence, and Resilience and Trauma-Informed Perspectives. The university also allows its students to gain real-world experience through field experience and the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice. On campus, many students also get involved with the Social Work Student Association. The degree requires 121 to 132 credit hours of study, and high-achieving students can graduate with honors. Courses include the Family Development Specialist Model, Motivational Interviewing in Diverse Application, Discrimination, Oppression, and Diversity, and Introduction to Understanding Trauma and Resilience.

Net Price: $14,845

 

#12 THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

AUSTIN, TX

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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At the University of Texas at Austin, students can complete their Bachelor of Social Work. In this program, all students are placed on a pre-professional track and then must apply to take the upper division courses. The degree, in total, requires 122-125 semester hours of coursework, and 480 clock hours of fieldwork. The classes are relatively small as they are between 25 and 35 students, with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. The School of Social Work at UT is home to the Addiction Research Institute, the Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue, and many other research-based organizations. Students can study abroad in Ireland, Spain, Denmark, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, Chile, Jordan, South Africa, and India. They can also complete a certificate in Public Safety and the Social Work Honors Program.

Net Price: $14,356

 

#11 SUNY STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

STONY BROOK, NY

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SOCIAL WORK

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At Stony Brook University, students can complete a Council on Social Work Education-accredited Bachelor of Science in Social Work. This program also gives students the opportunity to start a Master of Social Work degree with advanced standing. Students complete field placements twice a week in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, youth services, and other social welfare organizations. The program requires 67 credits of upper-division courses, which include Political Economy of Social Welfare, Social Welfare Policy, Services and Analysis, Social Work Practice, Children and Adolescents Who Grieve, and Growing Old in America: The Social Conditions Policy and Practice Implications. U.S. News and World Report ranked this program as the #32 Top Public School.

Net Price: 14,330

 

#10 PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

PORTLAND, OR

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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Portland State UniversityPortland State University has the only accredited public Bachelor of Social Work program in Oregon. There is an on-campus option in Portland and a hybrid program option, in which students take junior year classes online and then do classes with a low-residency in Eugene, Oregon. There are 75 credits in the major, and students complete a field placement during their senior year. Courses include Social Justice Practice, Human Behavior through the Lifespan, Advocacy for Policy Change, and Research and Evaluation. U.S. News and World Report ranked Portland State University as #32 on its list of Most Innovative Schools.

Net Price: $13,573

 

#9 NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

RALEIGH, NC

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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North Carolina State University has a Bachelor of Social Work that requires a minimum of 121 credits for completion. During students' final semester before field practicum, they take a "Prep for Field" course in which each student is matched by the field coordinator with an appropriate placement. The Child Welfare Education Collaborative is also an opportunity available to students. This scholarship program helps prepare students to work with a child welfare organization. Students can also take advantages of the events and community offered by the Baccalaureate Student Social Work Association and Phi Alpha Honor Society. This program is also accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Courses include Social Work in Schools, African American Families, History, Tradition, and Community, Direct Practice with Older Adults, Hunger and Homelessness, and Child Welfare.

Net Price: $13,442

 

#8 SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

SAN DIEGO, CA

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK

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San Diego State University requires pre-major work before students enter the professional curriculum in the Bachelor of Social Work program. Together, the pre-major and major courses total of 68 units of coursework. Then students do a 16 hour per week internship. Students at San Diego State can also take advantage of the Title IV-E BASW stipend, which prepares students for work in child welfare. Additionally, specializations are able in community corrections case management and environmental social work. San Diego State also offers a variety of student organizations, including the Black Social Work Student Caucus, the Gerontology Student Association, and the Social Action Committee, among others.

Net Price: $13,363

 

#7 ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY 

TEMPE, AZ

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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Arizona State University offers a Bachelor of Social Work degree that requires 120 credit hours of coursework. During this program, students gain real-world experience by spending their senior year doing fieldwork. Some students are eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, which means that residents of western states might be able to pay a specific reduced nonresident tuition. Courses in this degree include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues, Legal Issues in Social Work, Spirituality and the Helping Professions, Immigrants and Refugees, and Behavioral Health Services. Arizona State University at Tempe was also ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report on its Most Innovative Schools list.

Net Price: $12,947

 

#6 UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

SALT LAKE CITY, UT

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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The University of Utah offers a variety of delivery options for their Bachelor of Social Work, including online courses and mixed opportunities. Students in this program complete 450 hours at a field placement, and the University of Utah has 150 different placements locally, nationally, and internationally. The degree requires 122 credits of study, and there are numerous research opportunities for students. There are also certificate options in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Training and Social Justice Advocacy. Additionally, students can follow the Child Welfare Title IV-E Career Path in which students receive a scholarship for in-state tuition for up to 48 credit hours and a $1,100 stipend, as well as an internship and a job placement at the Division of Child and Family Services.

Net Price: $12,363

 

#5 RUTGERS UNIVERSITY – NEWARK

NEWARK, NJ

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK

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Rutgers University ensures that its students have access to opportunities that will increase their marketability for jobs in its Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Students can take part in study abroad opportunities in Mexico, Romania, Israel, and China. They can also earn advanced standing in the Master of Social Work program. The major is offered both full- and part-time, with a limited number of Saturday and evening courses. Students also must complete 420 hours at a field placement over two semesters, and they typically go to this placement two days per week while doing so. The program requires 59 credits in the major.

Net Price: $12,020

 

#4 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

TAMPA, FL

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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The University of South Florida combines fieldwork with research through its Bachelor of Social Work program. Students can both take advantage of research opportunities offered by the department and must complete field instruction during their senior year as well as the integrative paper at the end. This assignment ensures that students can connect their classwork with the field experience outside of the classroom. This comes along with the 41 credits required by the Bachelor of Social Work curriculum. Additionally, students can work at the BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic, which provides medical care for uninsured individuals in the area. Students are also able to take part in the National Association of Social Work – Florida annual Legislative Education and Advocacy Days in Tallahassee.

Net Price: $11,766

 

#3 APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

BOONE, NC

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

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Appalachian State University offers scholarships for their Bachelor of Social Work program through the department. The social work department at Appalachian State also is home to a departmental honors program, Phi Alpha Honor Society, and the Student Association for Social Work. It also provides training on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. In the course of their 122-credit degree, students can also earn their School Social Work certification, which includes a course on the subject and completing their required placement at a public school. Appalachian State also has the North Carolina Child Welfare Collaborative, which provides opportunities for students interested in working in the child welfare field. Students can also study abroad in Costa Rica, Germany, India, and Uganda.

Net Price: $10,473

 

#2 CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, CA

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WORK

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California State University at Long Beach has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. There is also the California Social Work Education Center, which offers financial support to students in the program in return for a commitment to work in a public child welfare agency once they earn their degree. The program requires 42 credits of study within the major. Courses include Social Policy: Formulation and Analysis, Law, Court Decisions, and Policy Practice, and Human Behavior and Social Environment. U.S. News and World Report ranked California State University at Long Beach as #3 on its Top Public Schools list and #26 on Regional Universities West.

Net Price: $9,654

 

#1 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON 

SEATTLE, WA

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SOCIAL WELFARE

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The University of Washington at Seattle is on a three-quarter schedule, so students must complete 180 quarter credits to earn a Bachelor Arts in Social Welfare. The most affordable on this list, the University of Washington has placed its numerous Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social work students at over 600 field sites for their practicum experience. This means that students have access to a wide variety of choices and can work somewhere in an area of social work that they are particularly interested in while earning credit for this real-world experience. The Council on Social Work Education also accredits this program. Courses in it include Intergroup Dialogue, Advances in Prevention Science: Bridging the Gap from Science to Service, Cultural Diversity and Justice, Chemical Dependency: Assessment and Treatment, and International Responses to Human Needs: Social Welfare Policies and Services.

Net Price: $9,443