Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

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Financial Aid

Financial aid for DVM students is administered by the Office of Student Finance at the University of Minnesota. OneStop counselors can assist you with questions and concerns about financial aid, available by phone (612-624-1111), or email. You may also visit the OneStop Financial Aid Basics page for more information.

Application Fee Assistance for Financially Disadvantaged Candidates 

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce an application processing fee refund program for financially disadvantaged applicants. Applicants who qualify for and receive waivers through the VMCAS Fee Reimbursement Program are invited to apply.

Candidates may apply once they have successfully submitted their VMCAS application and paid the UMN CVM $85 application processing fee (both due by the September 17, 2019, deadline). Applications to this program will be available to complete online starting May 9, 2019, and accepted through October 14, 2019. A copy of the letter/email confirming the candidate’s participation in the VMCAS Fee Refund Program will be required as part of the application materials.

The UMN CVM will review and select a limited number of applicants to receive an $85 refund shortly after the October 14, 2019, deadline. All participants will be notified of their refund status shortly after the October 14, 2019, deadline.

Please contact Karen Nelson, Director of Admissions, for more details.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The University of Minnesota utilizes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as its needs analysis form. FAFSA forms are available after January 1 each year for the coming academic year beginning in September. The code for the University of Minnesota is 003969. Students applying for financial aid will receive an electronic Financial Aid Award Notice (FAAN) with the details of their financial aid package in July via email.

Loan Repayment Options

There are a handful of state and national loan forgiveness and loan payback assistance programs available, including the Minnesota Rural Veterinarian Loan Forgiveness ProgramPay-As-You-Earn Programs, and Income-Based Repayment Plan.

NOTE: Students who have financial aid/student loans AND receive scholarships or funding from sources outside the University of Minnesota are required to report the scholarship/funding to the Office of Student Finance. Please contact Mark Larson with questions.

Erika with CowsScholarships and Grants

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) offers scholarships to students throughout the course of their veterinary education. The College awarded approximately $600,000 in scholarships for incoming and current students in 2016. The Scholarships and Awards committee meets annually to make decisions pertaining to awards, using scholarship specific criteria that may include academic performance, interest in specific species, written essays, and more.

The PSG offers grants in several different categories. These include Academic Grants, Social Grants, Professional Development Grants, and Inter-council Grants.

The Army offers one of the most generous and comprehensive scholarships in the health care field. It's called the F. Edward Hebert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, HPSP for short. If you qualify, you could earn a full-tuition scholarship, plus a monthly allowance through the HPSP.

NOTE: If you receive a scholarship check from an external organization, or if you know your scholarship provider would like to send the check directly to the University of Minnesota, you can find out more information on how to do that on the OneStop website.

External Scholarships by Due Date

Check back frequently for new scholarship, grant, and funding opportunities! For more scholarship opportunities, check in with your state of residency's Veterinary Medical Foundation to see if they have any state-specific scholarships available. Please report broken links to Amanda Anderson.





Oxbow Animal Health Scholarship - Due March 2 each year

AHVMA Scholarship - Due March 15 each year

The Harold Wetterberg Foundation Scholarship - Due March 15 each year

WINN/AAFP Feline Scholarship - Due March 23, 2018

Somerset Hills Kennel Club - Due March 20 each year

Earth's Lab Scholarship - Due March 31, 2018



AABP Externship Program - Due April 1 each year for externships commencing between 5/1 and 10/31

AABP Education Grant - Due April 15 each year

J. Fred Smithcors Student Veterinary History Essay Contest - Due April 15 each year

New Jersey Veterinary Foundation Scholarship - Due April 30 each year






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AABP Externship Program - Due October 1 each year for externships commencing between November 1 and April 30

ACLAM Externship Grant - Due October 1 each year

Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship - Due October 15 each year

Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship - Due October 31 each year

Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award - Due October 31 each year




MVMF Scholarships (Multiple available, one application) - Due November 30

Minnesota Horse Council Scholarship - Due November 1

Zoetis/AAVMC Student Scholarship - Due November 30