Financial Aid FAQs for Graduate Students at PCOM
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Frequently Asked Questions 
Financial Aid for Graduate and Medical Students

View frequently asked questions regarding financial aid for medical and graduate students at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Learn about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), what types of aid are available to PCOM students, PCOM scholarship opportunities, living expense refunds, loan deferment and more.

How is financial aid at graduate or medical school different?

Graduate and medical students are considered independent for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) purposes. When you complete the FAFSA to apply for PCOM financial aid, you will not need to provide parent information.

Graduate students are ineligible for Federal direct subsidized loans and Pell grants. Graduate and medical students qualify for the Federal direct unsubsidized loan and the Federal Grad PLUS loan as well as private student loans.

What will I need to fill out the FAFSA?

To ensure a quick FAFSA application process, have the following items ready:

  • Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
  • Personal information
    • Be sure you enter your name and contact information as it listed with the Social Security Administration.
  • Social Security number
  • Previous year’s tax returns
    • Note: The PCOM Financial Aid Office highly recommends you transfer your tax information electronically using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA.
  • Our school code is 015979. Use this code for PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia.

Do I need to include my parent's financial information on the FAFSA?

No, graduate and medical students are considered independent for FAFSA purposes. You will not need to provide parent information.

Can I complete the FAFSA if I have not filed my taxes?

If you have not filed yet filed your taxes, you may enter estimated values into the FAFSA using last year's tax returns. Once you have filed your taxes, be sure to log back into the FAFSA and enter the actual values.

What types of student loans are available to me?

Most PCOM students will borrow the Federal direct unsubsidized loan, the Federal Grad PLUS loan, private student loans, or a combination of these. Learn about the differences between federal and private student loans. Schedule an appointment with PCOM's financial aid staff to discuss the pros and cons of federal and private student loans.

Does PCOM offer scholarships?

PCOM offers a variety of scholarships for new and returning students. Students must complete three requirements by mid-February of each year in order to have priority consideration for PCOM scholarships:

  1. FAFSA
  2. PCOM Scholarship Profile (in your myPCOM Financial Aid Checklist)
  3. Any "Needed Documents" requirements (in your myPCOM Financial Aid Checklist)
Scholarships for new medical and graduate students

The College offers a limited number of full- and partial-tuition scholarships to newly admitted incoming students at PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia. Graduate and medical students will be considered by the Office of Admissions and selection committees based on the admissions process—academic record, strength of interview and promise of exceptional achievement.

Financial need scholarships

The PCOM Office of Financial Aid awards financial need scholarships to admitted and returning students. There is limited funding available for financial need scholarships, so priority is given to returning PCOM students who complete their requirements on time and demonstrate financial need.

Endowed and merit scholarships for returning students

There are numerous merit-based scholarships available to returning medical and graduate students. Consideration is based on academic performance, school and community involvement, specialty interest, financial need and other factors.

Diversity scholarships

PCOM is committed to enrolling qualified minority students that are underrepresented in the fields of medicine and science. View our diversity scholarships available for various degree programs.

Where else can I look for funds?

PCOM provides ample opportunities to work on-campus with the Federal Work Study program.

Our office also provides resources for external scholarship opportunities which include a database of scholarships for medical and graduate students, National Health Service Corps, Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarships and the Yellow Ribbon program for veterans.

How do I decide how much to borrow?

Each academic program's cost of attendance figures include tuition and fees, books and supplies, loan fees and reasonable costs for living expenses (room, board, transportation, health insurance and personal expenses).

Our office provides budgeting worksheets to help medical and graduate students determine how much they may need to borrow in student loans to meet their educational and living expenses.

When is living expense funding disbursed to me?

If you borrow more student loan funds than your PCOM tuition charges, the remaining funds or "living expense refund" will disburse to you 7-10 days after your first date of enrollment for the term. Learn more about how disbursements and refunds work at PCOM.

Do I have to apply for financial aid each year?

Yes, PCOM students must complete the FAFSA application each year. The PCOM Scholarship Profile (within your myPCOM Financial Aid Checklist) keeps the information you entered in the previous year, but our office encourages you to update it each year.

How do I defer my student loans while enrolled at PCOM?

In order to keep prior Federal student loans in an in-school deferment status, you must be enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking program or eligible certificate program (usually at least 3 credits each term). Your enrollment information will be automatically be sent through an electronic clearinghouse to all lending parties.

For private student loans, you may need to complete an enrollment verification through the PCOM Registrar Office.

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