Before Applying to Medical School

Get Organized, Analyze Your Costs and Resources

Develop a System

It's easiest to manage your financial aid documents if you have a strategy to track and store your communications, financial information, academic records, scholarship materials and other financial aid resources.

Below are some suggestions for preparing for your search:

  • Copy important documents and store the originals in a separate, secure location. Keep in mind that you will need to refer to the materials for years to come.
  • Secure sensitive information that includes personal and financial information about you or your family. If you must throw away copies of information, be sure to shred sensitive documents.
  • Establish a relationship with an experienced financial aid officer from your college and/or the medical school(s) to which you plan to apply.

Analyze Your Expenses

Before you apply for medical school and start looking for financial aid, it's helpful to know how much it it will cost. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Analyze Your Resources

Now that you have determined how much medical school will cost, you will need to determine how much you and/or your family can contribute financially. From a medical school’s perspective, the cost of medical education is primarily the student’s responsibility. However, few families have the means to allocate sufficient resources to cover the entire costs of a medical education so it is up to the student to find loans, grants, or scholarships that can help with the cost.