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The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) provides an education that is equal or superior to any school in the United States and does so with tuition that is average for public universities and far less than most private schools. We recognize, however, the financial burden that attending medical school imposes on students.


All students accepted to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health will find that they are able to pay for their education and living expenses through scholarships and loans (as long as you are eligible for federal financial aid).


Each year members of the new entering class receive about $1 million in scholarships renewable for 4 years. Despite this amount of support our current students report that they must still borrow about two-thirds of the cost of attending medical school.


The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers a wide variety of resources, including information about financial aid, debt management and financial planning.


External Scholarships


Students accepted to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health can seek external scholarships to support themselves. The U.S. military and the National Health Service Corps offer scholarships to those willing to serve in the military or provide care in Health Professional Shortage Areas respectively. These scholarships require you to provide several years of service after your training is completed.


Each year a few students also find other scholarships unique to their situation from their home community, parent's employer, or other special circumstances.

Research Scholarships


Students accepted to the MSTP (MD/PhD) Program are provided with a full tuition scholarship as well as a stipend for living expenses. Students must have a strong research background and should be committed to a career in academic medicine. This program is competitive on a national basis and Wisconsin residents are not given priority. On occasion students earning a graduate degree in addition to their MD will obtain funding for their graduate degree and medical education outside of this program as well.


Many other medical students take advantage of the extensive research opportunities offered at the University of Wisconsin. Funding is provided for students who wish to do research during the summer after their first year of medical school through the Shapiro Summer Research Program. Some students choose to enrich their medical education with a full year of research and obtain both internal UW funding or external funding from organizations including the NIH or Howard Hughes Medical Institute.


Additional Resources


The University of Wisconsin-Madison has other options that you may wish to explore, including campus and national resources.


UW School of Medicine and Public Health Scholarships


All applicants accepted to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health are considered for scholarships. No additional application is required. Funds are awarded as part of our efforts to recruit students. The Scholarship Committee meets regularly from November through May. The majority of scholarships are granted in late winter and early spring.


Military Benefits


Applicants who have served in the U.S. military may be eligible for funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. If you were a Wisconsin resident when you enlisted in the military or have lived in Wisconsin since your service, then you may also be eligible for funding from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Both offer programs that may pay your full tuition. All veterans should become familiar with their benefits.



All student loans are administered through the Office of Student Financial Aid. They assist medical students whose personal and family resources are not adequate to cover the expenses for the MD Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. There is a fulltime financial aid specialist who ensures that every medical student is provided with a financial aid package adequate to meet his or her needs.


All financial aid applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application becomes available after January 1 each year and should be filed by March 1, even if your medical school application has not been reviewed by that time. For professional programs, parental information is not required as part of your FAFSA.


Additional Funds


Significant additional funds become available to students during their second, third and fourth year of medical school. New need-based scholarships are awarded by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health that include generous donations from Wisconsin medical alumni through our ongoing fundraising efforts as part of the Great People Scholarship program. 


The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation and PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) make extensive loans and limited scholarships available to students after the first year as well. Unlike federal loans, the loans from these groups are interest free during medical school.

Debt Repayment Programs


Students may consider loan repayment programs that will pay all or part of the loans that they take out during medical school. Typically you do not apply for these until you are ready to start your practice after your residency. Government programs require you to provide care in an area underserved by health professionals or do research within the mission of the NIH. There are also programs from health systems that will repay loans if you commit to work for them after residency.

Estimated Breakdown of Tuition and Expenses for 2016-2017

(2017-2018 Information Not Yet Available)


Budget for Wisconsin Residents


Educational Costs 
Resident tuition $29,812.90
Books and supplies $1,432
Instruments $680
Loan fees $214
Total Educational Costs $32,138.90
Monthly Costs 
Rent, utilities, phone and renter's insurance $880
Food and household $390
Transportation $186
Miscellaneous $536
Total monthly costs $1,992
(X 10.5 months) $20,916
Total Wisconsin resident budget $53,054.90


Budget for Non-Residents


Total Wisconsin resident budget (see above)
Total non-resident tuition add-on $9,896
Total non-resident budget $62,950.90



Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Aid

Last updated: 09/13/2017
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