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Financing Medical School

If your desire to attend a prehealth school is hampered by financial worries please realize that this does not need to stop you from your dream. The financial assistance is out there and dedication toward locating this information is worth your time.This is just an overview of some financial aid medical programs that are out there. 

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) http://www.fafsaonline.com --this application determines eligibility for several different federal programs including the Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants(SEOG) http://www.mappingyourfuture.org and the Federal Work-Study.

Federal Stafford Loan Program 

The Federal Perkins Loan Program 

The Health Professions Student Loan Program 

Health Education Assistance Loan Program(HEAL) 

AAMC MEDLOANS Program–a student may apply for both a Federal Stafford Loan and the Alternative Loan Program(ALP) using the same form. 

The Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students Program (SDS) 

The Scholarship Program for Students With Exceptional Financial Need (EFN) 

Financial Assistance for Disadvantaged Health Professions Students Scholarship Program(FADHPS)- This is offered through the health professional schools.

Loans for Disadvantaged Students (LDS) 

National Health Service Corps Scholarships 

Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program http://www.airforce.com– http://www.goarmy.com - http://www.navy.com

The National Medical Fellowships–for minority students

American Medical Women’s Association Loan Program 

American Association of University Women 

The Daughters of the American Revolution 

AAMC Financing your Medical Education

Primary Care Loans (PCL) 

Nursing School Loans (NSL) 

Summer Internships

Below is a partial listing of clinical, research, and volunteer opportunities for pre-health students looking to develop their resume for application to health profession schools.

Research Focus

AAMC List of Summer Undergraduate Research Programs: Open to all, but especially useful for students considering a career in research or are interested in pursuing an MD-PhD.

AAMC List of pre MD-PhD Summer Undergraduate Research Programs: Includes programs that are geared exclusively to future applicants to MD-PhD and Physician-Scientist programs.

AAMC Database of Summer Enrichment and Pipeline Programs: Searchable database that filters summer opportunities by region, area of focus, and education level.

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP): From the SHPEP website, “SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.” (Formerly the SMDEP, program has expanded to include a broader range of health professions).

National Science Foundation List of REUs: NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

IES Brain Research Foundation
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory URP
St. Jude's Pediatric Oncology Education Program


Clinical Focus

Remote Area Medical
Atlantic Health System: Overlook Summer Internship Program
Stanford Clinical Summer Internship
COPE Summer Pre-Med Scholars Program
Georgetown Summer Medical Institute
Einstein Medical Center Pre-Med Program
Dialysis Clinic Summer Internship Program
Northwell Health Medical Shadowing Summer Internship
Hofstra/Northwell Summer Pre-Medicine Program
The Zucker School of Medicine Pipeline Program

International Focus

Global Brigades
Restless Development
International Service Learning
International Medical Corps
Unite for Sight

Summer Camps

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Summer Camp
Camp Boggy Creek
Special Olympics
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Camp Good Days
Camp Holiday Trails – A Camp for Children with Special Health Needs
Camp S.K.A.M.P. (Special Kids and Meaningful People)
Friendship Ventures
Camp AmeriKids
Roundup River Ranch


Research is a high impact practice with strong, proven outcomes for undergraduate student enrichment. Tulane University is one of the top research universities in the United States and our researchers are eager to include undergraduates in their work. There's multiple ways to get involved on science-focused research. 

The Tulane University Scientific Volunteering and Research Initiative connects students to researchers.

TUSVRI is an effort to network with researchers and scientific organizations such as hospitals, independent research firms, and other organizations participating in projects to advance science and human health within the New Orleans community.

Newcomb-Tulane College’s Office of Undergraduate Research engages undergraduate students in meaningful and rigorous research experiences, develops undergraduate research skills, and connects undergraduates to faculty-driven or independent research opportunities. Students of all the five colleges are encouraged to use the Research Network Database to identify their research interests and connect with their research community.

Read More About Research at Tulane

Professional Organizations

The following is a list of professional organizations related the postgraduate/professional education process in a variety of healthcare fields.

Allopathic (M.D.): Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Osteopathic (D.O.): American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Physician Assistant: American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

Dental Medicine
American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

Naturopathic Medicine
Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Occupational Therapy
American Occupational Therapy Association

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Physical Therapy
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM)

Speech-Language Therapy
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Veterinary Medicine
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Student Organizations

The following is a list of popular student-run organizations for pre-health students. This is by no means an exhaustive resource--please visit OrgSync for a full list of student organizations on Tulane's campus.

Pre-Medical Society

Pre-Dental Society

Tulane University Pre-Veterinary Society

TU MedPals

Tulane EMS (TEMS)

Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)

NAMI On Campus

Tulane University Peer Health Educators

ACEing Autism

Swim 4 Success

Global Brigades