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 Assistance 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 September 18, 2023). Applications to this program will be available to complete online starting mid-May, 2023, and accepted through October 1, 2023. 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 1, 2023 deadline. All participants will be notified of their refund status shortly after the deadline.

Please contact Violeta Bonneville, Admissions and Scholarship Coordinator, at [email protected] 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

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 Brian Olson or Nichole Andersen with questions.

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.

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Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Scholarship - Due March 1, each year

Oxbow Animal Health Scholarship - Due March 1, each year

The Harold Wetterberg Foundation Scholarship - Due March 15, each year (New Jersey residents)

Every Cat Health Foundation/AAFP Feline Scholarship - Due March 18, 2024

Aurora Pharmaceutical DVM Student Scholarship - Due March 15, 2024

Polish American Medical Society Scholarship - Due March 30, each year

AABP Education Grant - Due March 31, each year


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

Steve Marton Veterinary Student Scholarship - Due April 5, 2024

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


NDVMA Scholarship - Due June 1, each year (North Dakota residents)

Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program - Due June 1, each year

Schooley's Mountain Kennel Club Scholarship (residents of NJ)- Due June 1, each year

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America Scholarship - Due June 1, each year

NDCF Veterinary Medicine Scholarship - Due June 15, each year

HSVMA/OSVS Compassionate Care Scholarship - Due June 30, 2023



NVMA Dr. Joseph and Sonya Landholm Scholarship  - Due September 1, each year

Lallemand Animal Nutrition Scholarship - Due September 30, each year


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

Colegio de Medicos Veterinarios de Puerto Rico 4th Year Scholarship - Due October 13, 2023

Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association Scholarship - Due October 15, each year

Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Scholarship - Due October 15, each year

Patricia M. Lowrie Diversity Leadership Scholarship - Due October 15, each year

RIVMA Veterinary Student Scholarship - Due October 15, each year


Doctor Sniffs Science Major Scholarship Fund - Due November 1, 2023

Minnesota Horse Council Scholarship - Due November 1, each year

NWRA Veterinary Student Scholarship - Due November 1, each year

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


AQHA Scholarships - Due December 1, each year

USDA Pathways Program: Adel A. Malak Scholarship (pdf) - Due December 1, 2023

Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England - Due December 1, each year

Zoetis/AAVMC Student Scholarship - Due December 6, 2023

Chi Institute CVM Student Scholarship - Due December 5, each year

AAAP Kenneth H. Eskelund Preceptorship Poultry Medicine Training Program - Due December 15, each year

American Pointer Club Scholarship - Due December 22, each year

New Brunswick Kennel Club Scholarship - Due December 22, each ear (New Jersey residents)

Dairy Herd Information Association Scholarship - Due December 31, each year

Merck Animal Health/AVMF Scholarship - Due December 31, each year