State program will cover tuition of rural, low-income UCCS students studying social work

In an effort to address a growing shortage in Colorado’s behavioral health care workforce, a new state program will cover the tuition for local rural or low-income students pursuing a master’s degree in social work.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is one of five public universities to receive funding through the Behavioral Health Incentives Program, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The program will cover the tuition of students pursuing select degrees and certificates in behavioral health with the purpose to “support individuals, including youth, with severe behavioral health disorders by increasing the behavioral health care workforce,” the program’s website said.

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