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.




Tulane University Summer Veterinary Training Program - Due February 1, each year

AAEP Winner's Circle Scholarship - Due February 1, 2019

Veterinary Scholarship Trust of New England - Due February 15, each year

Polish American Medical Society Scholarship - Due February 28, each year

Pennsylvania Veterinary Foundation Scholarship - Due February 28, each year



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 (New Jersey residents)

WINN/AAFP Feline Scholarship - Due March 22, 2019

Somerset Hills Kennel Club - Due March 20, each year (New Jersey residents)



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

AAVN Writing Competition - Due April 19, 2019

New Jersey Veterinary Foundation Scholarship - Due April 30, each year (New Jersey residents)



Wilson-Hooper Veterinay Medicine Assistance Program - Due May 1, each year

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

The Race for Education Scholarship - Due May 1, 2019 (Kentucky residents)

AVMF Student Scholarships - Due May 15, each year

Maine Veterinary Education Foundation Scholarship - Due May 31, each year

HSVMA/OSVS Compassionate Care Scholarship - Due May 31, each year




None at this time.



Paul J. Orloff Memorial Veterinary Scholarship - Due August 1, each year

Imperial Valley Kennel Club Scholarship - Due August 15, 2018

K9 Carts Annual Scholarship - Due August 31, each year





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

DVMA Scholarship - Due October 1, each year (Delaware residents)

NWRA Veterinary Student Scholarship - Due October 1, each year

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

Auxillary to the AVMA Legacy 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, each year

Minnesota Horse Council Scholarship - Due November 1, each year

Zoetis/AAVMC Student Scholarship - Due November 28, each year



AQHA Scholarships - Due December 1, each year

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

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

Human Animal Bond Association 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

National Debt Relief Scholarship - Due December 31, 2019

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

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

Empathy for Animal Scholarship Award - Due December 31, each year