Top Social Work Programs for Financial Aid

1 CUNY Lehman College 9.333
2 University of Washington Tacoma 9.000
3 California State University, Long Beach 8.900
4 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 8.750
5 Alabama A&M University 8.700
6 California State University, East Bay 8.650
7 Temple University 8.550
8 California University of Pennsylvania 8.500
9 California State University, San Bernardino 8.250
10 Portland State University 8.125
11 University of Georgia 8.100
12 Wayne State University 8.050
13 The University of Texas at Arlington 8.000
14 New Mexico State University-Main Campus 7.950
15 Yeshiva University 7.875
16 Delaware State University 7.860
17 Saint Louis University 7.833
18 The University of Chicago 7.800
19 Clark Atlanta University 7.600
20 Western Kentucky University 7.500
21 University of Cincinnati 7.400
22 The University of Alabama 7.375
23 California State University, Los Angeles 7.350
24 California State University, Fullerton 7.333
25 University of Maryland, Baltimore 7.267

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2015 student earning her graduate degree from Lamar University online wrote: “My career as an international teacher takes me around the world, so being able to get my graduate degree while traveling is a complete blessing.”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.