Financing Your Professional Studies

First, you must have a realistic expectation of the costs involved in attending a health professions school. Tuition as well as cost of living can be very expensive, and you should have a clear plan for how you will finance your endeavor. It is not unreasonable to consult a financial planning expert as part of your strategy for financing your education. Financial assistance exists in several forms, outlined here and in the resources available in the Career Development Center library.

Awarded by federal and local governments, private organizations, and institutions of higher education, fellowships and grants come in different types and sizes. Not everyone will be eligible to compete for certain awards (for example, many federal funds are restricted to U.S. citizens).

Scholarship programs exist for a number of health professions programs, and are offered by state and federal agencies, often in exchange for a promise of service (e.g., military service, and service in underserved areas).

The CDC library contains a comprehensive resource section, including directories of major fellowships subdivided by career fields. CDC counselors can assist you with identifying and preparing applications for fellowships.