It’s no secret that attending medical school is a substantial financial investment. But with some of the best-value 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 our MD program.

UW School of Medicine and Public Health scholarships

Please note that scholarships are not part of financial aid at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The UW-Madison Office of Student Financial Aid does not award need-based or merit-based scholarships. These are awarded separately, by the School of Medicine and Public Health.

All MD applicants are automatically considered for scholarships, and there is no separate scholarship application to complete. Your financial aid award will not include scholarships. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a letter from MD Admissions, not the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Recruitment scholarships

All admitted applicants to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health MD Program are considered for recruitment scholarships; there is no separate scholarship application. The Admissions Scholarship Subcommittee meets throughout the admissions cycle, and most recruitment scholarships are awarded in late winter and early spring.

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. The Shapiro Summer Research Program funds student research completed during the summer after your M1 year. Students who wish to do a full year of research may qualify for UW-Madison funding or external funding. For more information on research opportunities, contact Vera Tsenkova, PhD, the director for health professional student research, at tsenkova@wisc.edu.

M2, M3 and M4 Scholarships

Some scholarships become available to students after they have completed their first year of medical student. Need-based scholarships are awarded by UW School of Medicine and Public Health 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.

Loans 

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

For more information on loans contact Darren Martin, the financial aid officer for medical students. 

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 your 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 you may consider: