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Apply for Stipend


  • Students must be accepted to the California State University, San Bernardino School of Social Work to be eligible
  • Applicants must demonstrate commitment to a career in Public Child Welfare.
  • Priority will be given to current employees of a qualifying agency.

Application Process

  • A separate Title IV-E Program Stipend application is required.

Selection Process

Applications for both BASW and MSW students will be reviewed and evaluated by Title IV-E faculty, staff, and county Public Child Welfare representatives. Selection of successful applicants is made based on the following criteria:

  • Written responses to questions
  • Oral responses to interview questions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child welfare and the responsibilities of a public child welfare worker
  • Potential to provide high quality, culturally competent social work practice.
  • Demonstrated belief in the concepts of social justice and equality for all clients of the public welfare system.

Priority is given to:

  • Employed applicants of qualifying agencies
  • Bilingual applicants
  • Applicants who reside in rural areas

If awarded a Title IV-E stipend students sign a contract agreeing to secure employment in a California County Department of Public Child Welfare Services, certain California Department of Social Services divisions, or California Indian Tribal organizations within 1 year (six months for employees of qualifying agencies) of graduation. Students commit to employment in Public Child Welfare for a time period dependent on their program.

Employment Obligation
One Year Obligation Two Year Obligation
  • BASW Program
  • Advanced Standing Program
  • 2-Year MSW Program
  • 3-Year MSW Program (on campus and online) 


Students who are awarded a Title IV-E stipend but fail to complete their academic program or the required employment obligation with Public Child Welfare, will be considered in default and will be required to repay all of the Title IV-E funds received with interest.