MEDICAL STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES

External Funding

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External funding can be found in a myriad of places! This page will encompass external gift aid (grants and scholarships that do not need to be repaid).

 

Outside Scholarships:

Outside scholarships are not affiliated with institutional funding and require time and effort when it comes to applying. They can be found anywhere and everywhere! One option is to reference other medical schools' financial aid office webpages to see what they may have found that we have not!

For your convenience, we do our best to maintain a comprehensive list of outside scholarships that are catered toward medical students specifically, and/or include graduate health professions students.

View scholarship list here!

Tips to Avoid Scholarship Scams with Outside Entities:

  • It can help if the scholarship campaign is associated with a ".org", ".gov" or ".edu". This is not always foolproof, but a good place to start.
  • Never pay for a scholarship application or processing fee.
  • Be skeptical of guarantees to win and/or being declared a winner without having applied.
  • Just because part of their name has "National", "Federal", "Foundation" or "Administration" does not guarantee legitimacy.
  • As for their Employer ID Number (EIN) relating to the IRS> This should be easily accessible for them!
  • Look for a specific eligibility requirement (it should be there!); avoid all-encompassing ones.
  • Social Security Numbers are rarely needed for scholarship applications - if you're asked for this, be vigilant.
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Report suspicious activity and/or confirmed fraudulent scams to the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Not a Vermonter?

Check the Higher Education Agencies and/or affiliates from your home state for financial aid programs specific to your residency!


External Grants:

Vermont Student Assistance Corporation logoThe Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) is a local non-profit agency dedicated to making higher education accessible and affordable for Vermonters. 

VSAC has a micro grant program for emergencies. Contact Medical Student Financial Services for more information.

VSAC also has a Vermont Incentive Grant for Vermonters. In the 2020-2021 year, grants are awarded for us to $12,500! VSAC will automatically receive a copy of your FAFSA, but you do need to complete their grant application each year.

Please note: VSAC's definition of a Vermonter may differ from the University's and tends to be more lenient. If you have out-of-state status with the University, you may still qualify for assistance from VSAC.