The Spalding University School of Social Work has been awarded a federal grant totaling more than $1.28 million over five years to provide scholarships to disadvantaged students in its Master of Social Work (MSW) program, with a focus on students who aspire to provide behavioral health care in primary care settings or in medically underserved communities. A clinical priority of the grant will be combating the opioid crisis.

The new grant continues funding that Spalding has received since 2012 from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program.

Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, the HRSA grant will fund scholarships that cover approximately half-tuition for a projected 117 Spalding MSW students over five years, supporting the University’s efforts to recruit and retain an increasing number of future health professionals who come from disadvantaged backgrounds or who identify as underrepresented minorities.

In particular, the scholarships will help support master’s students seeking careers that address Kentucky’s shortage of mental health and opioid use disorder service providers. The School of Social Work plans to increase academic content in its master’s program related to opioid use and expand practicum placements that focus on substance use treatment.

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HRSA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has awarded Spalding $229,950 for the 2020-21 academic year, while recommending that the funding increases in future years to $251,850 in 2021-22, $262,800 in both ’22-23 and ’23-24, and $273,750 in ’24-25.

“The award of over a million dollars through the HRSA grant allows us to offer significant support to our MSW students and reflects both the caliber of the program and our ongoing commitment to prepare our graduates to practice in underserved communities,” School of Social Work Chair Dr. Shannon Cambron said. “We are dedicated to ensuring access to an exemplary educational experience that ultimately leads to exemplary social workers. This award and the scholarships it funds help us open the door wide to individuals committed to changing the world.”

Cambron said Associate Professor Dr. Kevin Borders, a former School of Social Work Chair, will direct Spalding’s handling of the grant funds, and she thanked him for his leadership.

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The program outcomes and student diversity of the Spalding School of Social Work align with HRSA’s Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program.

From 2016-19, 67.3 percent of full-time students enrolled in Spalding’s MSW program were from disadvantaged backgrounds, and 45.6 percent of full-time students identified as underrepresented minorities. Additionally, 25.3 percent of graduates from those years are now practicing in primary care, and 34.6 percent are now practicing in medically underserved communities.

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Dear Spalding students,

Welcome to the fall 2020 semester! We look forward to having you as a Spalding student for the 2020-21 academic year.

We want to give you an overview of how the Bursar’s and Financial Aid Offices will operate this year along with instructions and reminders related to balances, payments and financial aid. Please review the following sections and never hesitate to email [email protected] or [email protected] with your questions.

Offices to operate virtually
This fall, due to COVID-19 and social-distancing protocols, the Bursar’s and Financial Aid offices will not be open for walk-in traffic. We offer one-to-one support to students virtually and will schedule GoToMeetings if necessary to assist students and parents with their needs.  Again, please email [email protected] or [email protected] with questions or to schedule virtual appointments.

Deadlines for fall payments
Students with a balance must make a payment for the fall term by whichever of the following dates applies to them:

  • Residential students: The day you move in.
  • Non-residential/commuter students: Aug. 21.

Alternately, students may enroll in a payment plan. The first payment plan installment date was Aug. 1. See the sections below with instructions for checking and paying your balance, or setting up a payment plan.

How to check your balance
To review your billing statement and balance, please click on the dollar sign ($) button on the right side of your Spalding Portal. After reviewing your billing statement, if there is not a balance due, no further action is needed. Please note, a minus (-) sign in front of the balance total, (for example, -$1,451), indicates a credit, not a balance due.

How to pay your balance
Online: You can pay your balance in full online by clicking on the dollar sign ($) button under the Link Launcher section on the right side of the portal. Please note that payments made by choosing electronic funds transfer are free. Payments made using a debit or credit card charge a 2.5% fee.

By mail: Mail checks or money orders made payable to “Spalding University” to the following address:
845 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Attention: Bursar’s Office

Payment plans
Payment plans are available through your Spalding Portal by clicking on the payment plan link that is under the Link Launcher section on the right side the page.  Payment plans require a $35 setup fee that must be paid to activate the plan. Please keep in mind that each semester (fall, spring) requires a new payment plan to be set up. Fall payment plans run from August through January. Spring payment plans run from February through July.

Financial aid status
You can check that status of your financial aid by using the link launcher links for financial aid or by viewing your billing statement.

For questions regarding financial aid, please email [email protected].

On all matters related to your aid, balances, payments, refunds, etc., please know that we are here for you and eager to help.


Michelle Standridge, Director of Financial Aid
Sarah West, Bursar

April 6, 2020

Dear Spalding Students,

Please know that the university recognizes that during this uncertain time created by COVID-19, you may have difficulties making payments to your tuition account. As we approach the start of registration for Fall 2020 classes, please review the following information and the steps we are taking to assist students.

General information and reminders

  • Registration for Fall 2020 classes begins April 13.
  • Please check your balance on your Spalding portal by clicking on the dollar sign on the right side of the page and reviewing your billing statement.
  • Balances $500 and under have a hold that restricts transcripts, but you can still register.
  • Historically, balances over $500 restrict registration, but review the information below for a new policy on receiving a waiver.
  • If you are able to make a payment at this time please do so by clicking on the dollar sign on the right side of your Spalding portal. Payments made using electronic funds transfer and entering your bank account are free.

Updated payment plan and waiver information:

  1. As in prior terms, if you set up a payment plan and stay current, you will be in good standing and be able to register. Payment plans charge a $35 fee by our payment plan vendor, Official Payments. That must be paid in order for the plan to be active. However, to help during these trying times, Spalding has chosen to add a $35 credit to your account to offset the fee. Students are able to set up payment plans by clicking on the payment plan link on the right side of your portal.
  2. Please know, if you do set up a payment plan, and are unable to keep timely payments, we will work with you and waive any late payments fees you may receive. You are also able to make partial monthly payments through Official Payments.
  3. If you are unable to make a payment or set up a payment plan at this time, Spalding will give all students who were in good financial standing before the start of spring, a waiver with the following conditions:
  • Account balances under $2,500 can register.
  • Account to be paid in full by the end of the Fall 2020 term on Jan. 15, 2021.

If you feel like your situation is unique or extraordinary, please contact the Bursar or the Financial Aid Office at [email protected] and [email protected]

We want to do everything we can to keep you on track to complete your academic goals during this unprecedented time for our campus and our country. Never hesitate to contact the Bursar and Financial Aid Office with your questions.


Michelle Standridge, Financial Aid Director
Sarah West, Bursar

If you’re applying for college, you’re likely to hear a lot about the FAFSA, but what’s it all about?

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is one of the most important steps in your college journey. The financial information you provide about you and your family will be the basis for determining your eligibility for federal student aid, including federal grants, work-study and loans. Many state governments and colleges, including Spalding University, also use FAFSA information to determine students’ eligibility for the aid and scholarships that they distribute.

All students want to know as early as possible exactly how much college will cost, what money they’re eligible for and if they’ll need loans, but without a completed FAFSA, a college can only estimate the kind of aid a student will receive and can’t award anything until it has it. So, the FAFSA is a big deal, but it’s also completely manageable.

Get familiar with, where you’ll fill out the form, as well as, which has a ton of info on the FAFSA and different types of student aid.  Spalding’s financial aid staff is also available to help at 502-873-4330. (Learn more about how to apply for aid.)

When you fill out the FAFSA, remember that Spalding’s school code is 001960. You need to enter that so that Spalding can process your information, and any government aid you receive gets dispersed properly.

Five things to know

Here are five other things you’ll want to know as you file your FAFSA:

1. It’s free

You should never be paying to file your FAFSA. Remember, the first “F” in FAFSA stands for “Free.” However, there are sites that will try to scam students into giving over their information. Make sure you are always filling out the application at

2. It has to be filled out every year

The FAFSA is not a one-time thing. If you are planning on going to school for the following school year, you need to refile your FAFSA.

3. The application window starts Oct. 1

Since 2016, the FAFSA may be filed starting on Oct. 1. Access to the form is available at 12:01 a.m. that day, and because some grants and scholarships are distributed first come, first served, the sooner you file, the better. The farther away from Oct. 1, the less opportunities for grants and scholarship awards there are because those funds run out quickly!

4. You use tax info from two years prior

You’ll need tax information to complete the FAFSA. Students filing the FAFSA should use their (or their parents’, if appropriate) federal tax return for two years prior, i.e. if filing for the 2020-2021 FAFSA, you would use the 2018 tax return. The Internal Revenue Service offers a Data Retrieval Tool to help students and families get the tax information they need for the FAFSA.

5. It’s not as scary as it seems

Even if it shares the same month as Halloween, the FAFSA isn’t all that scary. The form will tell you exactly what you need in order to fill it out. And, if you still have trouble, don’t hesitate to stop by the Spalding financial aid office, which takes walk-ins and can help you through it.

Kentucky’s grants awarded based on FAFSA are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so filing as soon as possible is imperative. Funds for “free money” (your grants, scholarships, etc.) are the first to go and are usually depleted by January. It is easier than ever to fill out the FAFSA, and it only takes about 45 minutes the first time you file and about 30 minutes in subsequent years. So, this Oct. 1, sit down with your favorite scary movie, candy bar and pumpkin-spiced snack, and get it done.

Happy New Year to our current and prospective Spalding University students! January means applications are now open for the Spalding Endowed Scholarship Program – a catch-all online application for the more than 60 endowed scholarships offered at Spalding for the 2018-19 school year. (Here’s the full list of the endowed scholarships.)

Here is the link to the application form for the Spalding Endowed Scholarship Program. The deadline is midnight Friday, March 2, 2018.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, an applicant must be an officially accepted or returning student with full-time enrollment anticipated for both the Fall and Spring semesters next school year, and have filed the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Spalding Endowed Scholarship Program application consists of a few yes/no questions as well as several short essays. However, some of the questions require additional information. Several require an additional essay or letter or recommendation.

Because of the eligibility criteria for some of the various scholarships, a few answers can’t be ascertained solely from your student record and require asking specific yes/no questions. Don’t be discouraged if your answer to each of them is no. These answers are more of a determinant for us to help better place the candidate in the scholarship pool that best meets their qualifications or needs. Eligibility criteria may include demographic, gender, ethnicity, major, merit or financial need.

The main essay topic is: “Describe your personal journey toward earning a college degree, and how the degree impacts your future.”

Here again is the link to the endowed scholarship application form.

And here again is the link of all the endowed scholarships offered at Spalding, with descriptions of each, and here is a link to other types of scholarships for Spalding students.

Spalding prides itself on offering an affordable education and helping connect eligible students with all available financial aid and scholarships. Please try your best to take advantage of the numerous awards and aid available to Spalding students.

Spalding University has received a federal grant of nearly $1.15 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support advanced-level psychology and social work students who perform behavioral health work in primary care settings in medically underserved areas of Louisville.

The grant, which comes via the federal Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training program (BHWET), will provide stipends to doctoral candidates in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) and students pursuing a master’s degree in social work (MSW) who are part of Spalding’s Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Scholars Program (IBHSP). The stipends will assist in recruitment and retention of future behavioral health professionals who do their training work in vulnerable and medically underserved areas.

Spalding, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville were the only institutions in Kentucky to receive BHWET grants.

Spalding’s psychology and social work scholars are partnering with three Louisville health and wellness organizations to provide services. They are the Family Community Clinic, which provides medical assistance to individuals without health insurance, including many who don’t speak English, at its facility in the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Butchertown; Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, which provides affordable primary health and dental care to patients in West Louisville; and Smoketown Family Wellness Center, which offers wellness programs in a neighborhood in which residents’ average life expectancy is 10 years below other Louisville areas, according to the center’s website.

“I am very familiar with the health care academic programs at Spalding University and find it very rewarding to know that individuals who rely on health care services will receive the quality care and attention that a partnership with Spalding will bring,” said George Fischer, founder of the Family Community Clinic. “I’m grateful to Spalding and its faculty and students for providing help to members of our community who need it.”

The grant money for Spalding students will be dispersed over four years with the funding increasing after the first year. There will be six student recipients in the first year and 10 in Years 2-4.  The psychology students will receive $28,352 each, and the social work students will receive $10,000.

“We are thrilled to have received this federal grant,” said Dr. Steve Katsikas, faculty chair of Spalding’s School of Professional Psychology and the IBHSP program director.  “Between 60 and 70 percent of all health-related problems have a behavioral component, such as smoking, living a sedentary lifestyle or eating an imbalanced diet.  The grant will allow us to partner with primary care sites in underserved parts of Louisville to provide integrated behavioral health services. Individuals who see a health care provider and need a referral will be able to immediately see a behavioral health specialist. Spalding’s schools of social work and psychology are excited about this program because it allows us to train the next generation of psychologists and social workers to make a lasting health impact in our community.”

The grant will also be used to hire a clinical coordinator and fund seminars.