Financial Aid

Welcome to the Office of Financial Aid

Federal School Code 042629

The Office of Financial Aid approaches the financing of medical education in a holistic way that is consistent with the institution’s mission, purpose, and values. The information, programs, and services we provide are accurate, unbiased, without prejudice or personal gain, and compliant with all other institutional policies and procedures to the best of our knowledge and ability.

One of the most important decisions that students make is choosing how to finance their education. Our goal is to ensure that applicants and students have the information, tools, and resources necessary to achieve lifelong educational and career success.

Students accepted to, or enrolled in, degree-seeking programs are eligible to apply for financial aid. Certificate programs are not currently approved for financial aid. Study abroad programs are not offered at WMed.

For all degree-seeking programs, our office administers federal Direct Unsubsidized and Grad PLUS loans, private/alternative loans, external scholarships, and third-party financial assistance programs, such as veteran's benefits.

For the MD degree program, we administer institutional merit- and need-based scholarships, the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Programs (HPSP), and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program.  

We provide services, information, and counseling to assist students as they navigate their financial aid options in the areas of:

  • Applying for financial aid and the financial aid process
  • Exploring sources of funding
  • Budgeting and money management techniques
  • Debt and loan management
  • Personal financial concerns

We help students maintain their financial wellness by making tools, resources and qualified individuals available throughout medical school to provide individualized assistance. The financial wellness program is part of the medical school curriculum under the competency of Personal Management and Self-Care.

Click here for financial wellness resources.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)-IHE/Student Aid offers funding to institutions to provide emergency financial aid grants to students to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Institutions have the responsibility of determining how grants will be distributed to students, how the amount of each student grant is calculated, and the development of any instructions or directions that are provided to students about the grant.

WMed signed and submitted the Certificate and Agreement of Funds document on April 17, 2020 agreeing to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grant funding to students. WMed received confirmation and acceptance of the document on May 7, 2020. 

The total amount of funds WMed can receive under the HEERF student portion is $39,282. As of June 3, 2020, WMed has disbursed $3,206. 

The estimated number of students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant is 268. The estimated total number of students that may be eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant, but who have not been verified as being eligible to participate in Title IV is 328. As of June 3, 2020, 11 students have received an emergency financial aid grant.

Students who have additional cost of attendance related expenses due to the disruption of campus operations during the period of March 16, 2020 until the end of their 2019-20 academic year may apply for the grant. Students should download the CARES Act Request Form, complete it, and send it to the office of Financial Aid at financialaid@med.wmich.edu along with any supporting documentation. More information about the CARES Act and HEERF can be found here

WMed will review all completed applications for accuracy and verification of Title IV eligibility. The office of Financial Aid will determine if the request meets the guidelines of the HEERF grant funds. The maximum amount of the grant fund per student, shall not exceed the amount of a full Pell Grant, or $6,195. Anticipated actual awards will be much lower than $6,195, in order to assist as many students as possible. Approved requests will be submitted for payment through the medical school’s student information system.

Revised June 3, 2020