From the Program Director

Photo of Program DirectorWelcome to the Masters of Social Work Program at the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are happy that you have chosen the SSW/UIUC to be part of your preparation as an advanced social work practitioner. We know that some of you are joining us after completing an undergraduate degree in social work or other degree. Others are already busy working in the social work profession. You may be part of our Traditional or Advanced Standing Programs in our on-campus or our iMSW Outreach Program. We applaud your efforts to expand your knowledge and competencies to develop the skills to work as independent clinicians and supervisors. We are glad that you have decided to join practitioners throughout the State of Illinois who have completed their masters of social work degree at the SSW/UIUC. We look forward to working with you while you complete the challenging and stimulating work of supporting vulnerable families as an advanced practitioner with an MSW degree from SSW at UIUC.

Please donít hesitate to contact Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Rachael Dietkus, or me Ben Lough, MSW Program Director ( for questions about the School of Social Work MSW Campus program or iMSW program. Admissions and Records Supervisor, Cheryl Street ( at the School of Social Work can assist you with questions about being an online student, registration, and general questions.

Again, welcome; we are happy that you joined us!

Ben Lough, Director of the Masters of Social Work Program


Elimination of Federal Direct Subsidized Loan

  • The Budget Control Act of 2011, signed into law on August 2, 2011, eliminated the in-school interest subsidy on federal loans for graduate and professional students effective July 1, 2012.
  • Federal Direct Subsidized loans will no longer be available after July 1, 2012; all Federal Direct Loans available for graduate and professional students will be unsubsidized. The annual loan limit remains at $20,500 for graduate and professional students and $40,500 for veterinary medicine students. Previously borrowed Federal Direct Subsidized Loans will not be affected by this change. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at or 217-333-0100.

** Password Policy Change **

  • If you forget any of your passwords, CITES will no longer accept faxed requests for password resets. Security questions will allow you to reset your passwords on your own. If you do not set up security questions you will have to go to CITES in person to have your password reset.
  • Visit the CITES Security Question page to setup and manage your security questions.