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A closeup of the Penn State College of Medicine logo is seen on the jacket of a white coat, draped over the arm of a medical student who is also holding a White Coat Ceremony program. The student was part of the July 2016 White Coat Ceremony, in which incoming medical students at the College receive their short white coats signifying their status as future doctors.

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The Office of Student Aid at the College of Medicine is here to assist you. We can help you understand your options, apply for financial assistance and make well-informed choices about financing your education.

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If you have questions about financial aid, please contact the Office of Student Aid at 717-531-7052 or

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Applying for Financial Aid

Most students in the MD program rely on financial aid to help pay for their education and housing expenses. In the 2019-2020 academic year, 90% of our students received some form of financial aid.

Sources of aid include:

  • Loans: These include need-based university loans awarded by the Office of Student Aid and federal loans (Direct Unsubsidized and GradPlus).
  • Scholarships: These include both merit- and need-based university scholarships awarded by the Office of Student Aid.

Financial aid application deadlines:

  • Feb. 1, 2023: First-year medical students
  • April 1, 2023: Continuing medical students
Learn how to apply for financial aid.

Cost of Attendance

The annual Cost of Attendance is not finalized until the University Board of Trustees establishes tuition charges at their annual July meeting. This website provides cost of attendance information for the current academic year. This information will be updated annually after tuition charges are established each July.

The cost of attendance is based upon educational expenses and modest, but adequate living expenses for the student.

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Tuition in the MD program is the same for Pennsylvania and non-Pennsylvania residents.

Living expenses are approximately the same for on- and off-campus residents.

Please see the notes below the table for details on USMLE and health insurance expenses.

MD Tuition Explanation

Tuition and fees are based on actual costs for the 2022-2023 academic year. Tuition fees are subject to change based on approval from the Penn State Board of Trustees.

Disability insurance is required and the amount is based on the actual 2021-2023 academic year.

USMLE costs were estimated at the time the costs were determined. Changes in curriculum can alter the academic year in which a student will incur these costs.

Registered students are required to carry medical insurance. This can be purchased through the University (SHIP) for $3,664 for first-year students, or $3,355 for second- through fourth-year students for 2022-2023. These amounts will be included in the total cost of attendance in addition to the above outlined costs. Students have the option to purchase medical insurance on their own as long as it meets University requirements.