Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities
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 15, 2021, deadline). Applications to this program will be available to complete online starting May 15, 2021, and accepted through November 1, 2021. 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 November 1, 2021 deadline. All participants will be notified of their refund status shortly after the 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 Program, Pay-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.
Scholarships and Grants
The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) offers scholarships to students throughout the course of their veterinary education. The College awarded approximately $500,000 in scholarships for incoming and current students in recent years. 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.
NVMA Dr. Joseph and Sonya Landholm Scholarship - Due January 1, each year
Minnesota Mensa Scholarship - Due January 15, each year
Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Scholarship - Due January 15
Jim Steere Memorial Veterinary Scholarship - Due January 15
UMDIA - Gene Watnass and Pioneer Dairymen's Club Scholarship - Due January 31, each year
Animal Care PA's Veterinary Student Scholarship - Due January 31, each year
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
Oxbow Animal Health Scholarship - Due March 2, each year
AHVMA Scholarship - Due March 15, each year
MSD Animal Health/WVA Veterinary Student Scholarship - Due March 15, 2020
The Harold Wetterberg Foundation Scholarship - Due March 15, each year (New Jersey residents)
WINN/AAFP Feline Scholarship - Due March 20, 2020
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
Imperial Valley Kennel Club Scholarship - Due April 15, each year
New Jersey Veterinary Foundation Scholarship - Due April 30, each year (New Jersey residents)
NDVMA Scholarship - Due May 1, each year (North Dakota residents)
The Race for Education Scholarship - Due May 1, 2020 (Kentucky residents)
AVMF Student Scholarships - Due May 15, each year
AABP Amstutz Scholarship - Due May 29, 2020
AABP Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award - Due May 29, 2020
Maine Veterinary Education Foundation Scholarship - Due May 31, each year
HSVMA/OSVS Compassionate Care Scholarship - Due May 31, each year
Schooley's Mountain Kennel Club Scholarship (residents of NJ)- Due June 1, each year
Wilson-Hooper Veterinary Medicine Assistance Program - Due June 1, 2020
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America Scholarship - Due June 1, each year
American Kennel Club John D. Spurling Scholarship - Due June 15, 2020
The Dr. Roger E. Meisner Educational Endowment Fund - Due June 15, each year
None at this time.
NVMA Dr. Joseph and Sonya Landholm Scholarship - Due September 1, each year
How I Got Into Veterinary School/Wolfie's Place Scholarship - Due September 1, each year
RIVMA Veterinary Student Scholarship - Due September 30, each year
Steve Marton Veterinary Student Scholarship - Due September 30
AABP Externship Program - Due October 1, each year for externships commencing between November 1 and April 30
NWRA Veterinary Student Scholarship - Due October 1, each year
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, 2020
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
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
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
The Next Edison Foundation - No Due Date