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Financial Aid: Student loans, scholarship ‘thank you’ notes, and scams

The 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is open NOW.

Don’t assume you won’t qualify. The FAFSA evaluates your eligibility for Federal Financial aid – most, if not all, medical students qualify for low-interest loans. Information from the FAFSA is also used to receive grants from your home state or when awarding some scholarships. Visit for Federal Aid eligibility requirements. It only takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs & Admissions with questions.

Financial aid disbursement dates:

  • MS1, MS2, and MS3: March 2, 2023
  • MS4: Feb. 2, 2023

Scholarship ‘thank you’ notes

Thank you note cards have been mailed out to scholarship recipients. Please return them to the Office of Student Affairs & Admissions as soon as possible. These were mailed to your “home” address in Campus Connection. If you have not received yours, please let Jane Thorvilson know ASAP at

Student loan relief blocked

Recently the Biden-Harris Administration previewed the Student Loan Debt Relief application form. Courts have issued orders blocking our student debt relief program. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The administration is seeking to overturn the order.
  • Applications are not accepted at this time.
  • If you’ve already applied, the program will hold your application.
  • You can still view the application preview.


  • It’s short, simple, and will be available online at a .gov URL.
  • You don’t need to log in or provide any documents to apply.
  • Federal Student Aid will reach out directly once you’ve submitted your application (if you need to provide additional information).
  • You can fill out the application on both mobile and desktop devices.

The application will be available in both English and Spanish when it goes live. The application period will run through Dec. 31, 2023.

Stay tuned for more information.

Learn More About One-time Student Loan Debt Relief

Beware of Scams

Borrowers should know that the best source of information about when the application period opens will come directly from the Department of Education and Federal Student Aid.

You might be contacted by a company saying they will help you get loan discharge, forgiveness, cancellation, or debt relief for a fee. But know that you already never have to pay for help with your federal student aid. Make sure you work only with the U.S. Department of Education and our loan servicers, and never reveal your personal information or account password to anyone.

Our emails to borrowers come from,, or You can report scam attempts to the Federal Trade Commission by calling 1.877.382.4357 or by visiting