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Financial Aid Guide for College of Pharmacy Students
Below you will find the most common financial aid options for a student going through the College of Pharmacy program. If you have specific questions about your financial aid, please contact Melanie Mulder at the email or telephone number provided at the bottom of this page.
Complete the FAFSA (preferably by April 1st) to be awarded the Federal Unsubsidized Loan for an amount of up to $20,500 for the academic year.
The Health Professions Loan is the only loan option for graduate level students that has no interest accrual while you are enrolled at least half-time in school. To be considered for this very limited funding, make sure you provide parental tax information on your FAFSA by April 15th. An email with a link to the Health Professions Loan application will be sent to you early in June. Applications are date and time stamped as they are received and funds are awarded in that order, until they are expended. Parent's information must be included on the FAFSA (regardless of the student's age). Parental information is used for Health Professions Loan consideration only. Failure or late addition of parental data on the FAFSA may result in ineligibility for Health Professions Loan awards.
To apply for this loan option, you must have a FAFSA on file. This application requires credit- worthiness and may be requested to cover up to the remaining balance of your Cost of Attendance.
Advantages to the Grad PLUS Loan is that it is very easy to qualify for, and typically does not require a co-signer. It has a moderate fixed, interest rate (currently 7%). The disadvantage of this loan is that it has a significant loan processing fee (currently 4.276% of the amount borrowed).
You may apply for the Grad PLUS Loan at studentloans.gov. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available beginning June 1, 2021.
Private Loan Options
Most private loan options require credit-worthy cosigners. However, private loans typically have zero processing fees, which could potentially save you hundreds of dollars each year.
Select the link above to view scholarship opportunities that are available for P1-P4 students.
Student Financial Services offers multiple payment plan options that you may choose from each semester. There is a $30 payment plan fee charged for each semester that you select a payment plan.
Contact: Melanie Mulder
Email: [email protected] Fax: 231 591-2950