How to Find Grants and Scholarships for Medical Students

As a medical student, not only are you responsible for studying and bringing home the grades, but it’s likely that you also have a tuition bill hanging over your head. Medical school is expensive. Fortunately, it also pays off big time in the long run. All you have to do is find a way to get through it while keeping your head above water financially.

If your steady diet of peanut butter sandwiches and ramen noodles isn’t quite cutting it when it comes to preserving your economic reserves, then this list of ways to find grants and scholarships designed to help students pay for careers in medicine.

Pell grants

Anyone who applies for financial aid is actually applying for the federal Pell grant. These grants never have to be paid back, and can put a large dent in your college tuition bill. Look up the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online and either request a form be sent to you, or apply through the website.

Government Scholarships

The U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) offers a wide array of scholarships for students who are pursuing a degree in medicine, from undergraduate programs to summer internships.

Armed Forces

Consider joining the U.S. Army, which not only offers one of the most comprehensive scholarship packages for those pursuing advanced degrees in medicine, but also pays a monthly living stipend to students who are receiving an education under that scholarship.

American Associations

Organizations like the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, American Dental Association, American Diabetes Association, and the American Medical Association offer a variety of scholarships, grants and fellowships to students who are pursuing specialized degrees in medicine.

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Online Search Engines

There are a number of Internet search engines dedicated to helping medical students find sources for funding their college educations. Simply plug in specifics regarding your major, interests, and education history and receive numerous scholarship and grant returns based on that information. Many of these websites actually allow you to apply for these programs through their interface, making the process as simple as possible.

As you can see, when it comes to funding your college education, you have many options. And you don’t have to stick with only one. Take advantage of as many as possible in order to make your way through college comfortably. After all, you should be up all night worrying over your next major exam – not over your checking account balance.