Medical school is expensive; paying for it can be both burdensome and complicated. But financial aid, usually in the form of loans, does exist and medical school financial aid offices facilitate the application process. In addition, these offices are good sources of information for medical school applicants. The Association of American Medical Colleges also has a wealth of information about financial aid to help applicants navigate the process. The AAMC provides a step-by-step list in regard to applying for financial aid; the first step is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some examples of comprehensive and good sources of information provided by medical schools’ financial aid offices are the following: Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Alpert Medical School at Brown, Stanford, and the University of Michigan. In addition, Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine has a helpful guide in regard to financial aid for medical students.
–Liza Thompson, Expert Medical School Admissions Consultant