Financial Aid Programs
The financial aid process begins between January and April of the year in which you plan to begin professional school. During this time, students submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, indicating all professional schools that should receive your financial aid information. Based on the information in your FAFSA, the financial aid office at the school to which you are matriculating will determine your financial need and a corresponding financial assistance plan.
Following is a list of a few of the most often used sources of loan programs. Because these programs are constantly being revised and their funding limits changed, you'll need to keep up to date on the latest information from these sources. These loan programs typically also offer the lowest interest rates
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Stafford Student Loan (SSL)
- Primary Care Loan (PCL) -- for students committed to primary care (Family Medicine, General Pediatrics, and Preventive Medicine)
- Subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loans
Financial Aid Resources
Note that there are many for-profit companies that charge fees, typically from $25 to $150 (and more) to conduct searches of scholarships, loans, and other financing for your college education. Most, if not all, of this information is available free of charge. We have, therefore, chosen to include below only those links which offer searches and other financial aid information free of charge.
For comprehensive and objective information about loans, scholarships, scams, Title IV codes, and special interest finance programs, contact The Financial Aid Information Page
For information about the FAFSA, or to complete and submit an online FAFSA, contact U.S. Department of Education's FAFSA Website
For information on searching the free College Aid Sources for Higher Education (CASHE) database for scholarships, contact Sallie Mae's Free Online Scholarship Service
To search a free, online database of 1732 scholarships, contact The Free Scholarship Search Service
To search the largest, online free database of over 140,000 scholarships, contact Financial Aid Search Through the Web (FastWeb)