Sources of Financial Aid

When packaging aid, we strive to assemble an award at the lowest possible cost to the student. Students are entitled to financial aid up to the cost of the standard student budget. Financial aid packages may include a combination of institutional loans, scholarships, or federal student loans. Private scholarships may be used to offset or replace other forms of financial aid.

Pritzker School of Medicine scholarships are awards that do not require repayment in kind or in service. A Scholarship Committee considers all incoming students for scholarship support and reviews both application files and financial aid documents. The Committee does not designate awards as merit-based or need-based.

Fellowship and scholarship monies have been given as gifts to the University by alumni, families of alumni, grateful patients of UChicago Medicine, former faculty, and other supporters of the University and UChicago Medicine.

Pritzker School of Medicine loans will appear in a financial aid award letter as an “Estimated Med Loan.” A specific loan fund will be assigned the summer prior to matriculation and at that time, students will be able to review the interest rate and repayment terms for the specific loan they have been assigned.

Alumni, faculty, grateful patients, and friends of the University and UChicago Medicine support our institutional loan funds. Award of these loans is made as part of a financial aid package based on financial need. The interest rate varies depending on the specific loan fund the student is awarded but is typically between 0-5%.

U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens who need additional funds to cover their cost of attendance may file a FAFSA in order to be awarded a Med Direct Unsubsidized loan and a Direct GradPLUS loan (if needed). Financial aid award letters may include details on how to apply for a GradPLUS loan. In addition, federal loans require students to complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note. Both of these can be completed here at the federal student loan website.

Please keep in mind that the federal government has a yearly cap on the amount of Med Direct Unsubsidized loan funds available to each student. 

M1 - $42,722

M2 - $40,500

M3 - $47,167

M4 - $47,167

Please email the Office of Financial Aid directly should you have questions regarding the Direct GradPLUS loan. 

One scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to the author of the winning essay. To learn more information about this scholarship, please go here.

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to third or fourth year female medical students. Award amounts range from $5,000 to $18,000. For more information please go here.

A scholarship is awarded to a qualifying graduate student who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement/or financial need. Applications are due in August. For more information please go here

The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) offers the chance to learn about the field of hematology, gain first-hand research experience, and get valuable guidance from both a research and career development mentor. Applications are due in January.

The MMSAP is part of the Minority Recruitment Initiative, which was created to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in hematology. The MMSAP is designed to introduce minority medical students to hematology and hematology research through the following 8- to 12-week research options:

  • Summer research experience for minority medical students between their first and second year of medical school, to be conducted during the summer break with a laboratory- or clinically-based hematology investigator.
  • Flexible research experience for minority medical students in their first, second, or third year of medical school, to be completed over the course of a year (approximately 320-480 hour commitment).

CAPS is offering scholarships of $3000 to $5000 each annually to students in United States medical schools. The CAPS Scholarships are open to all medical students in need of financial aid regardless of their hometown, sex, race, or color. The applicants are judged according to their academic achievements, financial needs, community service records and essays. Special credit is also given to those who are willing to serve the Chinese communities after their graduation.  Information regarding this scholarship can be found here.

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund aids people active in movements for social and economic justice. These need-based scholarships are awarded to students who are able to do academic work at the college or university level or are enrolled in a trade or technical program and who are active in the progressive movement. The maximum grant available from the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is $15,000 per year (from July 1 through June 30). For more information, visit the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund website.

To enter, students need to submit a 5-10 minute video explaining the most common types of car accident injuries to You must include at least three types of injuries and how they are caused from car accidents in specific. Please title the video "DLE Lawyers Car Accident Injuries" and then your first and last name and school. Video submissions will be reviewing after the deadline of January 1. For more information, please visit their website.

A $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student attending medical school who is a resident of either the Adirondack Park, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, Essex or Hamilton County of New York State or has lived in one of these counties for at least two years. The successful candidate must be willing to return to one of the above locations or to a remote part of the US or where doctors are needed to practice medicine. For more information please go here.

The DuPage Medical Society Foundation is a public charity established to promote the education, health and well-being of DuPage County residents. The Foundation strives to meet this mission by providing scholarship grants to health care students from DuPage County. Scholarships are granted only to permanent residents of DuPage County, Illinois entering health care fields. Applications are accepted from January 1 to April 30 of each year. The application can be found here.

Selection of Scholarship recipients is made by the JFK – Muhlenberg Campus Board of Directors with the program being administered by the Board, which reviews applications, conducts personal interviews with the most promising candidates if necessary and makes final selections. The scope of the scholarship is not limited to tuition, but may also include (at the discretion of the Board of Directors) such fees as those for board, lodging, travel, meals, books and supplies required pursuant to the core curriculum. Candidates must be from Union, Somerset, or Middlesex County in New Jersey. For more information go here.

A scholarship award for first, second, third, and fourth year medical students who show promise in medical research, cardiology and academic medicine. This scholarship was created to promote diversity in medicine, encourage commitment to eliminating health care disparities and support future cardiologists, while helping to alleviate medical student debt. $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to recipients in honor of Dr. Richard Allen Williams. Learn more here

LULAC offers a variety of scholarships for high school seniors, undergraduate & graduate college students through our educational arm, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC). More information is available here.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund serves outstanding Hispanic students by helping them complete their higher education. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA/FAFSA defined eligible non-citizens of Hispanic background attending an accredited college or university. Successful candidates are chosen on the basis of academic achievement, personal strengths, leadership, and financial need. Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the scholars selected. The application can be found here

Eligibility & Rules

  • Must be actively pursuing a degree related to healthcare or the life sciences
  • One (1) entry allowed per person/email address/household. A new winner will be chosen every sweepstakes period. Entries are only valid for the sweepstakes period that they are submitted

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The Wellsford and Mildred Clark Scholarship was created to provide scholarships for third-year medical school students entering their fourth year of medical school. The scholarship requires that applicants must be residents of Connecticut for five years and be currently enrolled in a not-for-profit medical school accredited by the AMA and/or the World Health Organization. Students demonstrating financial need, academic excellence, extracurricular interests and community service, will be strongly considered. Apply here.

The Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Hospital is offering scholarships for students residing in the hospital service area who will be attending school, while pursuing and education in the health care field. The service area includes the following zip codes: 60010, 60012, 60013, 60014, 60021, 60042, 60047, 60050, 60052, 60060, 60067, 60073, 60084, 60098, 60102, 60110, and 60156.

Apply here

The ARCS Foundation awards, based on recommendation by the Office of Medical Education, scholarships of up to $10,000 per year to exceptional students. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, demonstrate financial need, and have research experience. Awards are renewable with the recommendation of the Office of Medical Education and the approval of the ARCS Foundation.

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The Herbert W. Nickens Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to promoting justice in medical education and health care equity in the United States. Dr. Herbert W. Nickens was the founding vice president of the AAMC Division of Community and Minority Programs, now Diversity Policy and Programs. Dr. Nickens’ passionate leadership contributed greatly to focusing national attention on the need to support underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in medicine.

The awardee receives the Nickens Award and a $10,000 prize. 

Learn more here.


NMF’s mission is to provide scholarships and support for underrepresented minority students in medicine and the health professions. For more information, visit:

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a $90,000 merit-based fellowship exclusively for immigrants and children of immigrants who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. For more information, visit The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans website.

Each medical school in the U.S. and Canada submits nominees of qualified candidates in accordance with the size of the third year class. Candidates must be U.S. Citizens and about to enter the senior year. Scholarship, financial need, and demonstrated interest in psychiatry are considered by the student's school in submitting nominees. The amount of the award is $2,500. Students interested in being considered should notify the Office of Financial Aid.

The IHS Scholarship Program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of your pre-professional careers. Since the IHS began providing scholarship support to American Indian and Alaska Native students to pursue health profession careers in 1978, the program has grown to support, educate and place health care professionals within medically underserved Indian health programs throughout the continental United States and Alaska. Learn more here.

The Korean American Scholarship is for students of Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean nationals). If extra funds are available, other students may qualify for some scholarships. For more information, please visit the KASF website.

The award celebrates students’ efforts to improve the health care of underserved communities. Awardees receive a $5,000 scholarship funded by KPSC Community Benefit, mentoring from a Kaiser Permanente clinician, and a clinical rotation at a Kaiser Permanente facility.

You can apply for one of eleven scholarships if you:

  • Are a student in good standing entering your third or fourth year of medical school
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of culturally and/or linguistically responsive care or diversity through leadership, research or community involvement.
  • Intend to practice medicine in Southern California
  • Are able to participate in a mentoring relationship with a Southern California Kaiser Permanente physician

Apply here.

DAR offers several medical scholarships in amounts up to $5000. To apply for these scholarship please visit their website.

The Pisacano Scholars Leadership Program offers many career development opportunities, as well as scholarship funding, to the future leaders of family medicine. Please visit the Pisacano Leadership Foundation website to learn more and apply.

Tylenol offers multiple scholarships annually. For applications and more information, visit the Tylenol website. Use access key TYNL. 

The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC SP) awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training.

In return, scholars commit to provide primary care health services in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).

For more information, visit the NHSC website.