Eligibility Criteria

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To be eligible for the Title IV-E stipend or educational financial support at SJSU, students must be enrolled in the full time or the 3-year (current county employees only) MSW program.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to, and potential for success in a career in public child welfare services in California.

Applicants must complete and submit an application online by the deadline.  If granted acceptance to the MSW program, applicants must attend an in-person interview with the Title IV-E Awards Selection Committee, composed of faculty from the School of Social Work and representatives from county social services agencies.

Stipend awards are based on a demonstrated commitment to a career in public child welfare and potential for a successful career in public child welfare services in California. Priority is given to: 

  • Current employees of County Child Welfare Services Agencies and California Department of Social Services.
  • Public Child Welfare employees applicants who reflect the diverse client populations currently served by public child welfare agencies in California.

For application information, please see our Application page