COM Financial Aid Web Sites
Following are links to the Financial Aid pages for each of the colleges of osteopathic medicine. If you have financial aid questions, please seek out the appropriate resources and representative at the colleges:
Links to COM Financial Aid Web Sites
Student Loan Repayment Programs
Below is a list of student loan repayment programs broken down by state. The file, which also links to opportunities available through the National Institutes of Health and the Indian Health Service, was created by the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Loan Repayment Program Information (pdf)
AACOM's Arnstein Scholarships
Named after former AACOM Executive Director Sherry R. Arnstein, this scholarship program recognizes two underrepresented minority students at AACOM's member colleges of osteopathic medicine (one newly accepted student and one continuing student). 2014 entries must be post-marked by March 30, 2014.
Arnstein Scholarship Information
AACOMAS® Application Fee Waivers
AACOM encourages financially disadvantaged applicants to become DOs. A limited number of fee waivers are available to those who apply early and qualify. Fee waiver requests must be received and processed prior to submitting an AACOMAS application.
Application Fee Waiver Information
Be aware that many private scholarships have a "financial need" requirement. This will usually require that you file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the government so that your need can be determined.
If you would like to apply for Federal Financial Aid Programs, visit the FAFSA on the Web site at http://fafsa.ed.gov/. For more information about Federal Financial Aid, please contact the osteopathic medical school that you are planning to attend, or click the "Student Guide" link at the bottom of the FAFSA on the Web.
The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 564 federally recognized tribes in 35 states. American Indian and Alaska Native students enrolled in health professions and allied health professions programs may be eligible to apply for the IHS Health Professions Scholarship Program or Loan Repayment Program. Learn more at http://www.ihs.gov/ or http://www.ihs.gov/JobsCareerDevelop/DHPS/LRP/index.cfm.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers scholarship, loan and loan repayment programs for health professions students. For several of the programs, the funds are awarded to the schools and the student can apply through the school’s financial aid office. For a complete list of HRSA programs, visit http://www.hrsa.gov/help/healthprofessions.htm.
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC), administered by HRSA, was established to provide high-quality care to underserved populations, such as rural states and inner-city communities. More than 3,800 physicians and other NHSC health care clinicians provide primary care services to approximately four million individuals in designated health professional shortage areas across the nation. Osteopathic medical students and licensed osteopathic physicians may be eligible to apply to the NHSC Scholarship Program or Loan Repayment Program, respectively. Learn more at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/