DHHS offers financial assistance to students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with social work degree programs. Funding is provided through the Social Security Act, Title IV-E.
Nebraska's Title IV-E Stipend Program provides professional education and monetary support to undergraduate Social Work students attending an accredited college or university within the State of Nebraska, who intend to pursue or continue a career in the field of public child welfare.
The goals of the Title IV-E Stipend Program:
With federal Title IV-E funding, the State of Nebraska provides stipends for 10 students in the full-time BSW program at an accredited college or university within the State of Nebraska. Five stipends will be available for those students entering their 3rd year and five stipends will be available for those entering their 4th year of the social work degree program. These students could potentially intern in Child Protective Services during their 4th year. Stipend recipients will be eligible to work in a federal Title IV-E position upon graduation.
If you are a BSW candidate with a strong interest in pursuing a career in public child welfare, then the State of Nebraska provides an opportunity to subsidize your education. The State of Nebraska offers a 1-2 year stipend program that offers to pay 15-16 credit hours per semester. Students who receive this assistance “payback" the stipend with a month of employment at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for every month of tuition paid.
The State of Nebraska offers a stipend program to a BSW stipend candidate for their last 48 credit hours of the program. You must complete your educational requirements within the required time stipulated by the accredited college or University for the BSW program.
The State of Nebraska attempts to recruit students who reflect the needs and ethnic makeup of the public child welfare client base. A preference is given to candidates who are current public social services and public child welfare employees.
The application process for the Title IV-E Stipend will be made available Spring of 2021.
Stipend students must successfully complete the Social Work Program courses courses at an accredited college or university within the State of Nebraska.
BSW Stipend Recipients must complete one field practicum of 400 hours. This applicant can apply to complete a practicum at a local Department of Health and Human Services through Children and Family Services Specialist focusing on abuse and neglect case management, however this is not a requirement that it be done at Health and Human Services.
Once the student has graduated from their BSW program they are eligible to begin employment with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in a Title IV-E position such as Child and Family Services Specialist or Child and Family Services Supervisor for a month for every one month of tuition paid.
This employment will include training through the Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with Center for Children and Families and the Law.
*Tuition at an accredited college or university within the State of Nebraska will be paid at no more than $4,000.00 per semester. Fees and room/board are not included.
*If a student decides to not seek employment with the Department of Health and Human Services, repayment may be sought for the funds provided to the student.
Nebraska's Title IV-E Stipend Program provides professional education and monetary support to Master Social Work (MSW) students attending an accredited college or university within the State of Nebraska, who intend to pursue or continue a career in the field of public child welfare.
Starting Fall 2021, DHHS will once again be offering financial assistance to select students pursuing their MSW at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Upon acceptance into UNO's Grace Abbott School of Social Work program, the applicant will be eligible to apply for financial assistance.
Once the student has graduated, they are obligated to pay back the stipend through employment with the DHHS Division of Children and Family Services in a Title IV-E eligible position. If a student decides not to seek employment with DHHS, repayment will be sought for the funds provided to the student.
Use your education to help the children and families of Nebraska. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services (CFS) invites you to apply for a child welfare stipend or non-stipend internship. Selected BSW stipend track students will receive a stipend amount to cover their practicum requirements.
If you are interested in non-stipend internship please contact your local Department of Health and Human Service office.
The internship program prepares qualified applicants for a career in child welfare through experience supervising family visitations, shadowing case workers, and observation of structure decision making assessments, family team meeting and court testimony. Students spend their internship learning the job of a case worker without the responsibility of a case load.
This internship will allow the intern to experience the hotline and how intakes are reported and screened, Initial assessment and how intakes are received at the local office and then assigned to a trained Child and Family Service Specialist and then worked with the local police department and/or alone, and how a case is moved from Initial Assessment and worked on going to mitigate the safety threat and work on community resources to meet the risk areas identified. The intern will also be working one on one with a trained specialist at all times and this is hands on experience to assess children and families on areas of strengths and needs.
Applicant must complete the steps below to receive the internship: