NASW/Texas Student Center
NASW and NASW/Texas connect students with the resources they need for a successful career and gets their professional careers off to the strongest start possible.
NASW realizes student members are the future of the social work profession and need specific resources and information to help them through school and to prepare them for careers in social work. Find great resources and updates below from NASW/Texas. Visit the NASW Student Center and a student starter toolkit for additional information and resources.
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What is a transitional member?
After graduation, NASW continues to subsidize dues for student members. If you maintain continuous membership, you will be able to take advantage of the transitional category of membership after graduation. BSW student members who maintain continuous membership after graduation automatically enter a two-year transitional period with reduced dues of $94 each year. MSW student members who maintain continuous membership enter a three-year transitional period with reduced dues of $94 in the first and second years, and $143 in the third.
Student Loan Forgiveness
The U.S. Department of Education has created a new call center for borrowers to obtain information about the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 (H.R. 2669). The number for the Federal Student Aid Information Center is (800) 433-3243. The law forgives outstanding education debt for those persons that meet the eligibility requirements. Those that would benefit are employees that have made 120 monthly payments on their loans while serving full-time in social work in public child or family service agencies, government, nonprofit, military, education, and others areas. The loan forgiveness provisions became effective on October 1, 2007. It is important to note that payments made after October 1, 2007 on an existing loan can count towards the 120 payments if the loan meets certain criteria.
Volunteer Opportunity with 2-1-1 Texas
Do you need volunteer hours, knowledge and experience? Volunteer with 2-1-1 Texas!
What is 2-1-1?
- 2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number that links the community with a statewide information and referral system.
- 2-1-1 was a major resource during the 2005 Hurricane Season and helped Katrina and Rita evacuees find the help they needed
- 2-1-1 is used everyday, not just during natural disasters! Specialists assist people with attaining basic needs. These basic needs include: Food & Shelter; Housing; Counseling; Child Care; and Senior Services.
Why Social Work Students are Perfect:
You’ve got what it takes! Social workers are empathetic and want to help people. This personality type is all you need when you’re given all of the resources you need. As a member of NASW/Texas, you have agreed to adhere to a Code of Ethics – this is important to the folks at 2-1-1! You have an opportunity to gain experience in:
Crisis Intervention skills
Working with people in their environment
Working alongside professionals
Networking with potential employers
You will learn an enormous amount about the resources available in your own community – that gives you a step-up when you graduate! Speak a language other than English? Then your help is definitely needed!
2-1-1 centers have hours that are usually beyond 9-5, which is great for students. The flexible hours leave you with a great opportunity to get in some quality volunteer hours!