For Prospective Students

The CalSWEC Title IV-E Program operates at 20 university schools/departments of social work in California:

  • To deliver specialized curricular content in public child welfare
  • To provide monetary support to students in return for completion of an employment obligation in a qualifying public (state, county, Tribal) child welfare agency
  • To track students post-graduation for completion of program requirements

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Student Enrollment Priorities and Requirements

Priorities:

  • Current county/state/Tribal social services staff and
  • Applicants who reflect the diversity of California’s child welfare population

Requirements:

  • All students must:
    • be selected in accordance with the federal policies and the priorities of this project;
    • Have been admitted into the school’s social work program;
    • be able to be legally employed in California;
    • be a resident of California;
    • have a valid driver's license and commit to securing use of a car for fieldwork;
    • evidence commitment to public child welfare social work, and and aptitude to carry out the duties of a public child welfare social worker in California.
  • Full-time students in either the MSW or BASW program must not be active employees of a public (state, county, Tribal) social services agency during the regular academic year, but may be employed during a period when they are not taking classes (summer and vacation periods).
  • Part-time students in the MSW, BASW, or Pathway programs must be current employees of a public (state, county, Tribal) social services agency.
  • In the case of students not currently employed in a public (state, county, Tribal) social services agency, the decision to provide support will be, to the greatest extent possible, equivalent to prequalification for employment in a public (state, county, Tribal) child welfare agency, including criminal background checks and other pre-screening procedures.

Program Descriptions

The CalSWEC Title IV-E Stipend Program administers five programs:

  • MSW: Twenty (20) participating schools provide a variety of full- and part-time options for students pursuing masters degrees in social work with a specialized focus on public child welfare.
  • BASW: Seven schools (CSU Chico, CSU Long Beach, CSU San Bernardino, Fresno State University, Humboldt State University, Sacramento State, and San Diego State University) participate in the BASW program.
  • Pathway: The Pathway Program is a part-time distance education program for current county employees and is delivered at three schools (CSU Chico, CSU San Bernardino, Humboldt State University) to develop the workforce in the state’s rural and remote regions, including Tribes and Indigenous communities.
  • CSU Long Beach Distance Education: Two distance education sites, Santa Rosa Junior College and Ventura County Community College, deliver a part-time MSW program to current county employees in those regions.
  • SERVE: Indigenous Social Workers for Change seeks to increase enrollment of Indigenous students in the program through direct outreach to Tribes and to schools and agencies with Indigenous staff; to increase the number of MSW field placement sites at Tribal agencies; and to foster greater partnerships with Indigenous organizations and advocacy groups throughout the state. Interested applicants apply for any of the 20 Title IV-E universities across the state. SERVE operates from three schools, and all three regional Project Coordinators provide specialized curriculum support and help.
    1. Humboldt State University for the Northern Region
    2. Fresno State University for the Central Region
    3. San Diego State University for the Southern Region

The table below outlines the support provided and associated obligations for each of the programs:

Program Name Degree Type Enrollment Status Employment Status While in School Monetary Support Employment Obligation
MSW MSW Full Time  Must not be active Qualifying Agency employees during the regular academic year Stipend of $18,500 per year for up to two years Two calendar years of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment in a Qualifying Agency
MSW MSW Part Time  Must be a current employee of a Qualifying Agency Reimbursement of tuition, fees, books, and travel, up to $14,164 per year for up to three years Two calendar years of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment in a Qualifying Agency
BASW BASW Full Time  Must not be active Qualifying Agency employees during the regular academic year Stipend of $15,000 for final year of study One calendar year of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment in a Qualifying Agency
BASW BASW Part Time  Must be a current employee of a Qualifying Agency Reimbursement of tuition, fees, books, and travel, up to $14,164 per year for up to two years One calendar year of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment in a Qualifying Agency
Pathway* MSW Part Time  Must be a current employee of a Qualifying Agency Reimbursement of tuition, fees, books, and travel, up to $14,164 per year for up to three years Two calendar years of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment in a Qualifying Agency
Pathway* BASW Part Time  Must be a current employee of a Qualifying Agency Reimbursement of tuition, fees, books, and travel, up to $14,164 per year for up to two years Two calendar years of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment in a Qualifying Agency
CSULB Distance Education** MSW Part Time  Must be a current employee of a Qualifying Agency Reimbursement of tuition, fees, books, and travel, up to $14,164 per year for up to two years Two calendar years of continuous and satisfactory full-time employment in a Qualifying Agency

*The Pathway Program is a part-time distance education program for current county employees and is delivered at three schools (CSU Chico, CSU San Bernardino, Humboldt State University) to develop the workforce in rural and remote regions of the state, including Tribes and Indigenous communities.

**CSU Long Beach has two distance education sites - Santa Rosa Junior College and Ventura County Community College - that deliver a part-time MSW program to current county employees in those regions.

Students who do not complete employment obligation must repay all monetary support that was received.

Application Process

Students who have been accepted into a participating social work degree program in California may participate in the CalSWEC Title IV-E Program.

Learn more about the CalSWEC Title IV-E Stipend Program and/or apply to one or more of the programs by reviewing the table below and visiting that school’s website.

School

MSW
FT (21)

MSW
PT (15)

BASW
FT (6)

BASW
PT (3)

Pathway/DE (4)

SERVE

CSU Bakersfield

CSU Chico

CSU Dominguez Hills

CSU East Bay

CSU Fullerton

CSU Long Beach

CSU Los Angeles

CSU Monterey Bay

CSU Northridge

CSU San Bernardino

CSU San Marcos

CSU Stanislaus

Fresno State University

Humboldt State University

Sacramento State University

San Diego State University

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

UC Berkeley

UC Los Angeles

 

CalSWEC Title IV-E Statewide Events

Select students will have the chance to attend the CalSWEC Title IV-E Summit. To learn more about this event, and/or the opportunity to join the Student Planning Committee, please reach out to the Project Coordinator at your campus.

Current students: Please contact the Project Coordinator at your campus if you have any questions.