Attending medical school is a substantial financial investment. But with some of the most cost-effective tuition rates in the United States, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health ensures that all accepted medical students who are eligible for federal financial aid can afford the MD Program.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health scholarships

Scholarships on admission

UW awards scholarships through a separate process from the UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid, which focuses on need-based financial aid. All applicants for the regular MD and WARM programs are automatically considered for scholarships after admission. There is no separate scholarship application to complete. The Admissions Scholarship Subcommittee meets throughout the admissions cycle, and most scholarships are awarded in late winter and early spring. Students who are awarded one of these scholarships will receive a notification letter from MD Admissions. Please note that these scholarships will not be included in financial aid packages from the UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid.

Research scholarships

Admitted MD-PhD students are provided with full tuition scholarships and living expenses stipends. To learn more about the MD-PhD Program, please visit the Medical Scientist Training Program page.

Regular MD students may take advantage of other research opportunities after matriculation. The Shapiro Summer Research Program funds student research completed during the summer after the M1 year. Students who wish to conduct a full year of research may qualify for UW-Madison funding or external funding. For more information on research opportunities, contact Vera Tsenkova, PhD, director for health professional student research, at

M2, M3 and M4 scholarships

Some scholarships become available to students after they have completed their first year of medical school. Need-based scholarships are awarded by the school thanks to generous funding from Wisconsin medical alumni and the Great People Scholarship Program.

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


Student loans are administered through the UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid. All financial aid applicants must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application form becomes available after January 1 each year and it should be filed by March 1, even if an MD Program application has not yet been reviewed by that time.

Other financial aid opportunities

Military and service scholarships

The U.S. military and the National Health Service Corps offer scholarships to students willing to serve in the military or provide care in underserved areas, respectively. These scholarships often cover the full cost of tuition and require recipients to provide several years of service after completing medical training.

Applicants who have served in the U.S. military may be eligible for funding from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including funding up to the full amount of tuition. Wisconsin residents who are veterans may be eligible for funding from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. All veterans should become familiar with their benefits.

Loan repayment programs

Some programs will pay all or part of the loans incurred for medical training. Eligible students apply for these programs after completing residency. Below are some loan repayment programs to consider: