Doctor of Medicine
Need-based scholarships are awarded based on financial need demonstrated for students over 30 years old when entering medical school or otherwise must include a biological parental financial aid application. Need-based aid is packaged 50% scholarship and 50% loans.
Merit-Based scholarships are awarded by the committee on Admissions for the Medical School. All merit scholarship information is decided upon at the Admissions level and each student will be notified individually if awarded. There is no separate application process, and all accepted students are considered for merit-based scholarships. It is typical for MD applicants to receive admission notice prior to any merit award notification. Therefore, merit awards do not always accompany the initial admissions acceptance.
Washington University Loan Information
Washington University loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans, Federal Direct Graduate Plus loans, and/or Private loans are available to students who qualify based on completion of the FAFSA, financial aid application, and other required documents. Perkins, Direct Unsubsidized, and Washington University loans are awarded by the Financial Aid Office (other loans may require additional applications).
These institutional loan funds are reserved for Medical students who demonstrate financial need. This loan type is awarded to students who apply using parental tax information or are 30 years old when entering medical school. Students will be awarded upon receipt of their FAFSA and the submission of all financial application/forms.
Washington University Loan Terms
|Repayment Begins||6.25% (36 mos. after graduation)
0% (3 mos. after graduation)
|Length of Repayment||10 years|
|Interim Interest Capitalization Frequency||N/A|
|Interim Interest Capitalization Occurrence||N/A|
|Min/Max Rates||6.25% (1st–3rd yrs.)/ 0% (4th yr. only)|
|Interest Rate||6.25%/0% Fixed|
*WU loans are interest-free while in school and for the grace period after the student ceases to be full-time. Interest rate is determined by the terms of the loan fund. 6.25% loans have a 36-month grace and the 0% loans have a 3-month grace. These University loans do not qualify for any Federal forgiveness and/or consolidation.
Federal Perkins Loan
**The Federal Perkins Loan program has currently been discontinued.
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
With a complete financial aid application, a graduate student can be eligible to receive up to $40,500 annually.
Direct Unsubsidized loans are currently 6.08% for the 2019-2020 aid year for loans disbursed between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 and have an origination fee of 1.05% that is subtracted from the loan at the time of disbursement for loans disbursed before October 1, 2020. The loan rate is fixed for the life of each loan; however, the fixed rate is set on July 1 of each year.
The Direct loan has a 6-month payment free grace period once you graduate or cease to be enrolled at least 1/2 time status. There are numerous repayment options starting at 10 years up to 25* years. Income based repayment options are also available to those who qualify.
*based on total debt load.
Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
If you borrow the maximum Direct Unsubsidized loan, you may apply for a Direct PLUS loan. This loan is currently 7.08% for the 2019-2020 aid year for loans disbursed between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 and have an origination fee of 4.236% that is subtracted from the loan at the time of disbursement for loans disbursed before October 1, 2020. The loan rate is fixed for the life of each loan; however, the fixed rate is set on July 1 of each year.
The PLUS loan has a no annual maximum; the amount is based on the remaining cost of attendance eligibility within a student’s budget.
Federal PLUS loans are based on overall good credit standing; therefore, you must apply online at StudentAid.gov. The credit check is valid for 180 days; therefore, please be aware of your academic start time.
NON Federal Loan Options
Alternative / Private Student loans will require a credit check and possibly a co-borrower to maximize the best possible interest rate. The loan terms and conditions are based on you and your co-borrower’s (if applicable) credit score and the specific loan product you select from that private lender. Our office has provided a list of lenders that provide healthcare-specific loan programs. On the FASTChoice website you can review, compare, and even apply online using any one of those lenders.
PLEASE NOTE: It is not the University’s position to recommend or endorse any particular lender. Select the terms and conditions that best suit your individual needs. For more information regarding alternative/private student loans, please visit FinAid.org and/or contact our office for more information.
***** Aid is awarded to students based on overall eligibility. The amount and type of aid available will be based on your enrollment status, academic progress, and degree sought.
Federal Loan Information
Outside/Private Scholarships Opportunities
Scholarship & Loan Repayment Opportunities for Primary Care (National Health Service Corps)