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    How to Pay for Medical School

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    Prior to coming to Scholarships360 for her first internship in 2022, Savannah utilized her campus publications by joining various fashion publications that are offered at Ohio University. One of those publications is Thread Magazine, where Savannah has had the opportunity to work on articles related to world-wide related fashion news and events, as well as articles closer to home, such as a fashion piece on Athens hometown-hero Joe Burrow. This year, Savannah also had the opportunity to be a content writing intern for Aiken House, as well as a section editor for Southeast Ohio Magazine. In 2023, Savannah served as the Chapter President of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. These collective experiences, as well as her experience currently working for Ohio University’s Undergraduate Admissions, has led her to Scholarships360 and aided in her passion for helping students better understand the college admissions process and financial aid. In her free time, Savannah enjoys horseback riding, watching Formula One races, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Savannah will graduate from Ohio University in May 2024 with a degree in Journalism News and Information and a certificate in Italian Studies.

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    Updated: May 9th, 2024
    How to Pay for Medical School

    If you are asking yourself, “how do I pay for medical school?,” you are not alone. Remember, many doctors have asked the same question before you! Choosing to go to medical school comes with a pretty high cost of attendance. But, not to worry, because we have you covered with tips and tricks on how to pay for medical school with less stress. Let’s dive right in!

    Preparing yourself for the costs

    As you most likely have already noticed, attending medical school is not cheap. For many people, it is 100% worth the money they spent. This is not only because they achieved their dream to help others, but also because of the high salary earned after graduating. The average yearly cost of medical school is $54,698, so prepare yourself for steep tuition, although there are a number of ways to offset that amount. 

    Different ways to pay for medical school

    Just like an undergraduate degree, there are various ways that you can pay for your medical school costs. Keep reading to learn about a few ways to help fund your medical school education. 

    1. Financial aid

    Just as you probably did each and every year as an undergraduate student, start out by filling out the  FAFSA. The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is how your school and the government see how much financial aid you may require based on your income. The FAFSA determines if you qualify for lower cost federal loans. In addition to that, the FAFSA is how most schools determine how their scholarships are distributed, which is another option for paying for medical school.

    2. Scholarships

    It is always a good idea to apply for scholarships, whether you are applying for undergraduate studies or beyond.. Scholarships are more than just “free money.” Sometimes, they are also awards that you can put on an academic CV. So, you receive money for your tuition and impress at the same time. Not to mention, scholarships are made up of money that you don’t have to pay back, so you can graduate medical school as debt-free as possible. Applying to scholarships should be at the top of your list. At Scholarships360, we have a plethora of scholarships in our database, so you can be custom matched to find the scholarships just for you. 

    3. Student loans

    The final option to turn to (after filling out the FAFSA and seeing how much money you can receive in scholarships and grants) is student loans. There are federal and private student loans, which is money that you eventually have to repay to the government or the bank that you received a loan through. 

    The good thing about student loans is that you do not technically need to start paying on them until you graduate– but they do collect interest the longer that they are not paid off. 

    4. Paying for medical school through service

    For students interested in having their loans paid off or borrowing less in student loans, medical service organizations may be the direction to take. This means that because you work in a certain field, companies and organizations are willing to pay for your college for you– which is awesome. Some of the qualifying organizations are:

    5. Attend a tuition-free medical school

    Surprisingly enough, there are tuition free medical programs all over the country. Some of these include New York University, Columbia University, Cornell University, and the Cleveland Clinic. These are all great options, but keep in mind that they are extremely competitive to earn. It is important to note that even if you apply, you may not qualify for a complete full-ride. They choose people depending on their financial need and strong academic merit. Read our guide on how to attend medical school for free to learn more. 

    See also: Top 10 tuition-free medical schools

    Final thoughts for students

    Medical schools produce amazing health care professionals that continue to change our world for the better each day. You should not feel that you can’t apply just because you think you may not be able to afford it. Medical schools want to work with you, so if you are qualified and passionate about your field of study, they will help you find a way to make it work. If you are a low-income student, check out the U.S. Health Resources and Services website for scholarships and grants. 

    Additional resources

    At Scholarships360, we have some informative articles about medical school, so be sure to check out how much does medical school cost and/or how to get into medical school with a low GPA.  Good luck, future health care professional! Check out our list of top medical school scholarships, and don’t forget to apply to all the scholarships you qualify for! 

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