Due to limited and competitive funding, the importance of beginning the financial aid process early is especially true when it comes to searching and competing for scholarships. Scholarships may range from a few hundred dollars to full tuition and fees with living stipends. Most scholarship programs have specific criteria and require early application, so it pays to get a head start in researching and applying.
Health Professions Scholarship Program for Armed Forces (HPSP)
The HPSP awards scholarships to students in return for a commitment to provide health care services for the military upon graduation. Application is open all year round, but it is generally best to apply during the Fall before attending school. Each branch has different criteria for application and awards. For more information, see below.
Indian Health Service Scholarship Program (IHS-SP)
Qualified American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students may find financial aid assistance through the IHS Health Professions Scholarship. Recipients must be enrolled in an eligible health profession degree program and be members of federally recognized Tribes or Villages. Upon completion of their academic or post-graduate clinical training, scholarship recipients agree to fulfill a service commitment in full-time clinical practice.
Loan Repayment and Forgiveness Service Agreements
Qualifying students will have the opportunity to apply for various loan repayment and forgiveness programs during the final academic year and after graduation.
National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (NHSC-SP)
The NHSC Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students pursuing primary health care professions training in NHSC-eligible disciplines in return for a commitment to provide health care to communities in need upon graduation and the completion of training. The next scholarship application is scheduled to open in March or April. Please monitor the NHSC website for upcoming dates and deadlines.
Federal Work Study
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine students may be considered for Federal Work Study and should indicate interest on the FAFSA. For more information and to apply, please visit the Liberty University Federal Work Study page.
Outside Scholarships and Other Sources of External Aid
Students may secure other forms of external aid approved by outside donors or funding entities. For more information and for processing guidelines, please visit the Liberty University External Aid page.
Talent Attraction Program
The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has created the new Talent Attraction Program (TAP) that students in specific career fields can apply for assistance in repayment of his/her student loans after graduation. Recipients will be chosen through a competitive review process. Please visit the Talent Attraction Program page to learn more.
In addition, a loan repayment program for healthcare occupations (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental professionals, registered nurses, pharmacists) will be offered. Please visit the Virginia Department of Health’s Virginia Loan Repayment Program page.
Tobacco Region Discount Request
Students who are able to demonstrate domiciled residence for at least three years prior to acceptance into LUCOM or who graduated from high school or college in one of the approved Virginia Tobacco Commission Areas may be eligible for a five percent annual tuition discount. To verify eligibility, please submit the Tobacco Region Discount Request Form along with the applicable documentation.
Tobacco Region Loan Forgiveness and Scholarship Programs
These programs were established by the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission to provide educational assistance with the goal of strengthening the Southwest and Southside economies in Virginia. As of the 2019-2020 academic year, both programs will not be renewed. All students who received funding from the Tobacco Region Loan Forgiveness or Scholarship Programs during the 2018-2019 year will no longer be eligible for those funds.
Please visit the available below to view the eligibility requirements under these previous programs.
Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG)
Virginia residents should apply for the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant.