There is not an application process for merit scholarships. Scholarship recipients are selected based on AMCAS and secondary application materials.
The PROFILE is a supplemental form used to determine the contribution that a family (i.e., parents, student, and spouse if applicable) can make toward a student’s education. The analysis is used to award institutional need-based scholarships.
International students will be considered for merit scholarships with the rest of the accepted students. Submit the PROFILE to determine eligibility for institutional need-based funding.
Since institutional aid is limited, a student who wants to be considered for need-based aid must provide parent financial information regardless of your age or marital status. This policy ensures that funds are distributed in the most equitable manner to those students with the greatest real need.
Incoming students’ awards will be mailed by April 10 to allow sufficient time to compare offers from other schools in order to make a final decision. Continuing students’ awards will be processed on a rolling basis thereafter, and an online Award Notification will be generated.
The Unsubsidized loan has a fixed interest rate of 6.6% for disbursements between July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Unsubsidized loans first disbursed after 10/01/2018 have an origination fee of 1.062% deducted at each disbursement.
The Graduate PLUS loan has a fixed interest rate of 7.6% for disbursements between July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Graduate PLUS loans first disbursed after 10/01/2018 have an origination fee of 4.248% deducted at each disbursement. Credit is checked; the loan may be denied if you have an adverse credit history. The credit check is good for 180 days.
1) Obtain an endorser. An endorser is someone who does not have adverse credit and is willing to repay the loan if you do not repay it.
2) You may appeal the credit decision if you believe it was based on incorrect information or if you have extenuating circumstances. Log into StudentLoans.gov and select “Document Extenuating Circumstances. Follow directions, and Applicant Services will contact you with further instructions. You may also contact them directly at 1.800.557.7394.
Borrow only what’s necessary. Prepare an estimated budget of your expenses to determine how much you need. Use our 12-month interactive budget worksheet to get started. Unsubsidized and Grad PLUS loans begin to accrue interest right away. To decline part or all of the loan(s), email MedFinaid@vanderbilt.edu. If you need the funds later in the year, you may request an amount up to your federal eligibility.
Your financial aid award may include scholarships and/or federal loans and is for one academic year. Funds will be disbursed equally in two payments, occurring at the beginning of the fall and spring terms.
If a credit balance remains in your student account after tuition and fees have been paid, a refund will be processed. You are encouraged to sign up for Direct Deposit from your YES page; otherwise, you will receive a paper check at your local address.
The University Registrar’s Office will notify the National Student Clearinghouse that you are a full-time student once classes begin, and your loans will be put into in-school deferment. If your loans are already in repayment, send your deferment paperwork to the URO for completion.
Contact the Office of Student Loans at (615) 343-7011, toll free at (888) 385-4550, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.