University of Pittsburgh


Med School Students

Diversity Scholarships
and Aid

How do I pay for medical school?
See a list of loan, scholarship and grant opportunities available to minority students.


Our office is a combined Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, so there is a continuity of interaction between our staff and you.

We take great pride in getting to know you personally and we do our best to be sensitive to your financial situation. We will sit down with you one-on-one, help you arrange financing—not just for your first year, but for four years. We will also provide ongoing debt counseling to help you manage your financial obligations as well as plan for your future residency and successful career beyond.

Ultimately, securing the funds you need to finance your education is your responsibility, and we understand it can be a lot of work. But don’t be daunted. If you show us that you have the potential and determination to become a physician, we will go to extraordinary lengths to help you overcome your financial obstacles.

Cost of Attendance

2016-2017 Estimated First-Year Costs

PA Resident
Medical Insurance Allowance
Books & Supplies
Rent/Food/ Personal/Transportation**
Loan Origination & Insurance Fees
Total Estimated Cost

*Tuition and fees are subjected to change based on the approval of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees. Guidelines for determining tuition rates can be found at

**Actual Living expenses vary according to lifestyle and living arrangements.

Getting Started

Financing medical school can be a bit overwhelming. Our office is here to assist you in understanding how you can finance your education. Our office encourages you to be organized and timely in applying for financial aid so that we can work together in this task.

For purposes of the University’s need-based resources, the student is not viewed as financially independent of parents. Therefore, all students interested in need-based resources are required to provide both parents' information on financial aid applications. Parental information will be used to determine need-based eligibility, regardless of age or change in marital status. The University also requires a student to borrow a minimum amount of Federal Stafford loans to be considered for institutional need-based scholarship resources.

The following information is required of incoming and returning students interested in Federal Stafford loans and institutional need-based resources:

  • FAFSA– Free Application for Federal Student Aid (School Code: E00516)
  • Need Access
  • Signed Student (and Spouse) Federal Income Tax Return(s) – or Non-Filer Tax Statement
  • Student (and Spouse) W2s
  • Signed Parent(s) Federal Income Tax Return(s) – or Non-Filer Tax Statement
  • Parent(s) W2s
  • Proof of any untaxed income for student and/or parent if applicable – such as foreign income, Social Security benefits, unemployment compensation, etc.)
  • Sibling/Spouse Enrollment Verification Form

The following information is required of incoming and returning students interested in Federal Stafford loans only:

We encourage newly admitted students to apply no later than either one month after acceptance or by April 1st to ensure that an award letter is provided prior to April 30th.  Any student admitted after April 1st will have 1 month from their admit date to submit their financial aid application without penalty.

Upperclassman should provide all required information (detailed below) no later than April 16, 2017. Keep in mind that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should be submitted prior to April 1st to ensure that your application results are available prior to the deadline, allowing the federal government processing time. You are responsible for providing all of your application materials in a timely manner and prior to the deadline. Failure to do so jeopardizes your eligibility for some sources of financial aid. Applications received after April 16th will be considered in the order received, as funds remain available.


Our Mission

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is to improve the health and well-being of individuals and populations through cutting-edge biomedical research, innovative educational programs in medicine and biomedical science, and leadership in academic medicine.