Financial Aid Information for Prospective Students

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​​​​​​​​2019 - 2020 Information


The University of Washington FAFSA priority deadline is January 15th, 2018. The financial aid priority deadline applies regardless of admission status, and prospective students can file their FAFSA starting October 1, 2018. Students applying for the SOM scholarship are required to provide parental information on their FAFSA regardless of age, marital status or independent status. Providing parental information will not affect eligibility for a student’s standard loan package. A financial aid award will generally consist of a combination of Direct Stafford Unsubsidized loans and Graduate Plus (Gplus​) loans. Parental information may also be required, however, to determine eligibility for Primary Care Loans, Loan for Disadvantaged Students and Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students – students will be notified if they are eligible.

University of Washington School Code:   003798

Students may apply online via the FAFSA.

School of Medicine Scholarship

The School of Medicine need-based scholarship application will be available in March for 2019-2020. The deadline is May 31 each year. Incoming students who are admitted after the deadline should contact us and we will work with you to ensure you can still submit your information. You must include parental information for 2017 when you submit your FAFSA if you are applying for this scholarship. If you have already submitted your FAFSA, you can go back and add parent information later without losing your initial submission date. Scholarship Awards are finalized by the end of Autumn quarter 2019 and recipients will receive an e-mail notifying them if they qualify. ​Awarded scholarships will generally be applied to Winter and/or Spring quarters.

The application and instructions are located online​.​ An e-mail will be sent out to all students who have been admitted or who are still under consideration when the scholarship is available.

Outside Scholarship Opportunities

We periodically send out e-mails to admitted or prospective students about outside scholarship opportunities beginning in late December​. Any outside scholarships you receive must be reported to the SOM Financial Aid Office.

Non-Resident Tuition (Non-WWAMI)

Out of region students (those who are not in one of the WWAMI states, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, or Idaho) may apply for residency status in Washington State after demonstrating a year of primary residency in Washington State. If Residency status is not granted, students will continue to pay Non-Resident Tuition. Gaining residency status is not assured, and generally requires proving that a student did not move to Washington purely for the purposes of education. Please contact the Residency office directly with any questions regarding your personal situation. See Contacts.​

Financial Aid Tools and Information

Tips for Navigating Student Financial Aid at the University of Washington

  • Read your e-mails. Most students who run into issues with financial aid tend to miss important information by skimming or ignoring e-mails. Create a system or plan for managing large volumes of e-mail so you don’t miss key details.
  • Know how much you should be getting, and when. Let the SOM financial aid office know if you receive more or less money than you expect. 
  • Communicate. If you have a question, concern, update or issue – try to be proactive. Problems with financial aid can arise when students procrastinate.
  • Plan now, breathe easier later. Taking some time to figure out your finances, budget, important dates and loan particulars now will help ensure you don’t have to try and manage financial aid during busier, more stressful times (like finals).


The American Association of Medical Colleges has a great resource for prospective, current and graduated medical students regarding financial aid, debt management, budgeting and financial literacy. You can find this resource at their AAMC – FIRST website. This website comes highly recommended by the School of Medicine Financial Aid staff. Below are a few links to help you get started:

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