Navigating the Financial Aid Process

Debt management counseling and financial literacy support.

A facilitator leads a simulation session as a foundational learning for 4th year students.

Pursuing your medical education can be costly, but medical school scholarships, loans, personal financial advising, workshops, and financial literacy resources are available to you through the Financial Aid Office.


As a student, your Financial Aid Counselor is available to guide you through understanding your financial aid package, student loans, borrowing, budgeting, and debt management strategies.  Meet with your counselor at least once per year.  Your counselor is ready to assist you!

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Personalized counseling with your Financial Aid Counselor. Connect with us to schedule your appointment.

Personalized loan exit counseling for graduating students to discuss tailored debt management and repayment strategies.

Not yet a graduating senior but want to discuss personalized repayment strategies now? Connect with us to schedule your appointment.

Mandatory Loan Entrance Counseling to learn student loan, borrowing, and repayment basics.

Mandatory Loan Exit Counseling to receive loan-specific repayment information and options.

DGSOM Financial Aid and Borrower Basics A publication required for all first-year students, given to complement the annual Financial Aid Orientation presentation.

Managing your Financial Aid Dollars in School: DGSOM publication provided during pre-matriculation workshop to assist in budgeting/wise spending to minimize borrowing.

UCLA’s Mandatory Online Entrance/Debt Management Session The session provides information on the terms and conditions of the loans, the rights and responsibilities of student loan borrowers, the long-term effects of borrowing, and loans to meet the cost of attendance.

UCLA’s Mandatory Online Exit/Debt Management Session For graduating seniors provides terms and conditions, monthly repayment amounts under the various repayment plans, information on loan forgiveness and repayment, federal consolidation, and default prevention.

Department of Education’s Loan Simulator Formerly called the “repayment estimator,” this calculator is required for seniors’ one-on-one debt management counseling. In addition, the website provides a one-stop shop for applying for and managing federal student loan debt and includes the student’s list of all federal loans borrowed to date.

AAMC FIRST Financial Aid Fact Sheets Short articles about common financial aid topics important to pre-medical students, current medical students, and residents that include:

  • Budgeting Worksheet for Students
  • Transitioning to Medical School: Financial Tips
  • Roommates and Finances
  • Debt Management Relies on Good Record Keeping

AAMC Medloans® Organizer and Calculator (MLOC) Assists medical students and residents with managing their education debt, providing a secure location to organize and track student loans while also displaying possible repayment plans and costs based on the borrower’s student loan debt.

AAMC Education Debt Manager for Matriculating and Graduating Medical School Students Comprehensive financial guide that helps medical students navigate the complexities of financing medical school through the responsible borrowing and repayment of student loan debt. This valuable resource is provided to entering students upon matriculation and to seniors during their one-on-one debt management counseling.

AAMC First Videos and Webinars Watch videos and webinars to learn about paying for medical school, borrowing strategies, repaying student loans, and much more.


Annual workshops offered throughout the school year for all Classes include the following content on money and debt management:

  • Borrower basics and minimizing borrowing
  • Budgeting your financial aid dollars to reduce borrowing
  • Outside scholarships to maximize the overall scholarship package and reduce borrowing
  • Debt management or planning now for repayment
  • Other financial wellness topics

Webinar Recordings

The front of Geffen Hall, view from Tiverton Street

10/4/22 DGSOM Early Tax Preparation

JEDI Communities

DGSOM Introduction to Financial Aid Webinar


Preparing for Your Finances After Medical School


DGSOM Building

Loan Repayment Strategies & Debt Management


Students discussing medical school scholarships, grants, and loans

Financial Aid Counseling Sessions

Have questions? Book an appointment for counseling, budget discussions, or general concerns with a Financial Aid and Scholarships staff member.

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