Beyond the Budget
Sometimes students encounter unexpected expenses over and above the standard medical school budget. For these situations, the University of Michigan Medical School has limited Special Needs Funds in the form of grants and loans available to help offset these costs.
Common funding requests include:
- Family emergencies.
- Individually arranged clerkships, both domestic and international.
- Uninsured medical and dental expenses.
- USMLE prep course expenses (requested in conjunction with the Office of Student Programs).
- Research expenses.
- Child care.
- Conference travel expenses.
Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadlines vary depending on the type of need request.
How to Apply
Students must first have applied for financial aid in the year in which Special Needs Funds are requested. Students are required to provide parental information on financial forms. Information provided on the financial aid forms will help us determine eligibility for special needs funds in the form of grants and/or loans. The only exception to this policy is for the Research Presentation Travel Award.
The Director of Financial Aid reviews Special Needs Funds applications on a rolling basis. Applications should include all appropriate documentation. Applicants will be notified via email.
Galens Loans for Residency Interviewing
The Financial Aid Office also has some funding available to offset the costs of travel for residency interviews. All students are eligible for this loan, regardless of aid status.