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Most of America's students find that they need assistance from the Direct Stafford Loan Program  to help pay for their education. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine participates in the William D. Ford Direct Stafford Loan Program.  Under this program, the lender is the US Department of Education; repayment is made to the Department.

The Direct Stafford Loan Program includes the Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan

The unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan is not a need-based loan.  Eligibility for the unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan is determined by subtracting your total aid package from your Cost Of Attendance (COA) up to the maximum amounts listed below.

Annual Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Limits Effective July 1, 2012:

Graduate students - $20,500

Ph.D in Clinical Psychology - $33,000 (9 month enrollment)
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - $37,167 (12 month enrollment)

Medical students - $40,500 (9 month enrollment)
Medical students -  $47,167 (12 month enrollment)
The total debt you can have outstanding from all Stafford Loans is: $138,500 as a graduate student; and $224,000 as a medical student or doctoral student in clinical psychology. The debt limit includes any Stafford Loans received during undergraduate study. Students are encouraged to review their loan history at www.nslds.ed.gov.

Interest accrues on the unsubsidized Stafford Loan while you are enrolled and during the grace period.

Direct PLUS Loan For Graduate Students

The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federal loan for graduate and professional students. It can be used to cover up to 100 percent of your total Cost of Attendance, minus other financial aid you've been awarded. The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan offers a fixed rate of interest at 7.9 percent for the life of the loan and can be consolidated with your other federal loans. While you are required to pass a credit check, many students with limited or no credit history can still qualify for this loan.


The Federal Perkins Loan is a federally guaranteed low-interest rate loan program administered by PCOM.  It is available to graduate and medical students with priority given to students who file the FAFSA before the March 15, 2013 deadline and demonstrate exceptional financial need as determined by the Department of Education.

The interest rate on the Perkins Loan is 5% and the interest is deferred while you are in school on at least a
half-time basis.  If you drop below half-time, graduate or withdraw, you are given a nine-month grace period before interest begins to accrue.  At the end of the nine-month grace period, simple interest of 5% accrues on the entire balance and you are expected to begin repayment of the loan.  You have up to 10 years to repay the entire balance with accrued interest.

Loan amounts vary depending on annual funding levels.  The aggregate lifetime limit for the Federal Perkins Loan is $40,000 for graduate and medical students (including undergraduate borrowing).

For the loan to be credited to your account, you must complete an Entrance Interview and sign a Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note and a Perkins Loan Award form.


The Federal Work-Study program is a federally funded work program that is administered by PCOM's Office of Student Affairs. This program provides jobs for graduate and medical students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. 

All applicants for work-study positions must meet the same eligibility criteria required for federal assistance programs. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, submit proof of U.S. citizenship at the time of hiring, complete IRS forms and submit all financial aid information required by the PCOM Financial Aid Office. Jobs range from typical library and office work, to assisting in labs and participating in research.  A few students are placed in doctor's offices and in patient billing services.
Federal Work-Study wages are $10.00 to $15.00 per hour for the 2013-14 academic year.  The total FWS award depends on when you apply, your level of need, the amount of other aid you will receive, the availability of funds and the time requirements of the job.  The amount of your FWS award is calculated as part of your overall financial aid award and therefore may reduce your need for other funds. Work-study students may work up to 15 hours per week when classes are in session or 35 hours per week during vacation periods. A PCOM check is made payable to you on a bi-weekly basis.  Once your application has been completed and your financial aid status evaluated, you must sign a FWS Award Letter acknowledging the award.

All applications, payroll, timekeeping procedures and job assignments are conducted through the Office of Student Affairs, not the specific supervisor or department for which a student works.  The Office of Student Affairs publishes additional information about the Federal Work Study Program, at the end of the Spring Term.

Federally Funded Programs for Medical Students:

The Primary Care Loan (PCL) is available to medical students who show exceptional  financial need and who plan to enter a residency training program in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, combined medicine/pediatrics, preventative medicine or osteopathic general practice. Consideration is given to third- and fourth-year DO students.

For further information please visitPrimary Care Loan Program is available the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) website.


The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program is open to medical students who are committed to primary health care practice in underserved, Health Professionals Shortage Areas (HPSA). In exchange for a service commitment, the NHSC will pay full tuition and fees, a monthly stipend, and an allowance for other reasonable educational expenses on a year-to-year basis. The minimum service obligation is two years. Students are required to report the full amount of tuition scholarship and stipend support received through the NHSC as taxable income. Applications for the NHSC Scholarship Program are generally available by mid-January in the Financial Aid Office or can be solicited directly from the Bureau of Primary  Health Care, Division of Scholarships and Loan Repayments, 11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 800, Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 594-4410, (800) 638-0824. Additional information on this program may be found at the NHSC website.


The Army, Navy, and Air Force offer competitive scholarships based on academic performance and recommendations.  The scholarship provides a monthly stipend, tuition and fees, books and instruments.  U.S. citizens that physically qualify must enroll or be accepted for enrollment at an approved college.  In return for the scholarship, recipients are obligated to give one year of service for each year of support (minimum two years of service).  Recipients will be required to spend 45 days on active duty each year while in school.  Detailed information may be obtained at the following Web sites:

U.S. Army - www.goarmy.com
U.S. Air Force - www.airforce.com
U.S. Navy - www.navy.com

Medical students may also want to explore the generous financial incentives offered to doctors who enlist in the Army or Air National Guard as a medical officer.  Please search the following Web sites for additional information:

U.S. Army National Guard - www.1800goguard.com
U.S. Air National Guard - www.ang.af.mil