Student Applicants


  • Challenging and rewarding work with families impacted by child abuse and neglect
  • Financial Aid
    • Stipends offered through Title IV-E Training Grant to eligible field students
    • BSW Students: $6,500
    • MSW Students: $7,000
  • Intensive Training and social Work Experience
  • No other field and work setting offers the wide range of opportunities to learn, network, and grow as a social work professional.
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Students sign an agreement with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to complete a minimum of 8 months of employment per stipend at full salary and benefits.

Stipend students are given first priority for eligible CPS positions in DFPS after graduation. A job offer is dependent on successful completion of classroom requirements and evaluation of practice skills during field placement in the CPS Training Academy.

The Child Welfare Stipend is provided through the Title IV-E Training Contract, a federally funded initiative to enhance child welfare practice by infusing the work force with more BSW and MSW educated practitioners.


Application Process

1. Contact the UTA SSW Title IV-E Program at

Contact the UTA SSW Title IV-E Program at Discuss the application process and obtain the application form as soon as possible.

2. Child Welfare Stipend application

Complete Child Welfare Stipend application by the beginning of the semester before you plan to do you field placement. (Block placements are available all 3 semesters)

3. preliminary screening

Participate in a preliminary screening and interview with the UTA Title IV-E Program. This determines which applicants will be recommended to DFPS-CPS for final screening.

4. field application

Complete field application online by deadline and indicate DFPS-CPS, Title IV-E/Child Welfare stipend as your first choice.

5. Final screening

Final screening including driving record, background check, online assessment and employment interview is conducted by DFPS.