Costs and Financial Aid

Medical school is a major investment, and we understand that you may have questions and concerns about financing it. We’re here to help you explore your options for financial aid and connect you with the resources to help with the cost of attendance.

Medical Student Cost of Attendance (COA) 2019-2020

MD Program Tuition and Fees

First Year (10 Months)

Second Year (12 Months)

Third Year (12 Months)

Fourth Year (12 Months)



$60,000 $60,000 $58,000

Books and equipment





CS Exam Travel  - - - $650


$4,800 $5,760 $5,760 $5,760
Health Insurance $3,848 $3,848 $3,848 $3,848


$7,000 $8,400 $8,400 $8,400
Miscellaneous $1,800 $2,160 $2,160 $2,160
Transportation $2,920 $3,504 $3,504 $3,504

Loan fees

$2,350 $2,252 $2,252 $2,230
Utilities $2,950 $3,540 $3,540 $3,540






Medical Education tuition and fees effective for the 2019-2020 aid year.

1st and 2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year
Secondary Application Fee
Visiting Student Application Fee 


Additional Allowable Costs

With appropriate receipts, the following expenses may allow for an increase in cost of attendance:

  • Childcare expenses
  • Automobile repairs that are not considered routine maintenance
  • Health care expenses not covered by medical insurance that are deemed to be extraordinary and unanticipated
  • Residency interview or relocation funding (fourth year medical students only)

How is Cost of Attendance determined?

Cost of Attendance is the total amount of aid, including scholarships, grants and loans, that you are eligible to receive for the entire year. The Cost of Attendance is derived based on living expenses in the Winston-Salem area and information from student surveys. The amount provided each year allows a Wake Forest School of Medicine student to live comfortably alone, not luxuriously. Cutting costs in any way, including getting a roommate, budgeting money for food and other expenses, and living as frugally as possible are recommended.

It is not required that you accept the full Cost of Attendance each year. The amount you accept is flexible. You are allowed to return funds if you accept too much or request more if you run short as long as you stay within the Cost of Attendance.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

We understand that medical school can be expensive and we are proud to offer a variety of MD Program specific scholarships and traditional financial aid to make your experience affordable and enjoyable. Additionally, students are encouraged to apply for forgivable service loans.

Wake Forest School of Medicine Dean's Medical Excellence Scholarship

The School of Medicine has over 100 endowed scholarships, through both Wake Forest Medical Scholars Fund and need-based scholarships. A listing of our endowed scholarships can be found on page 24 in the Financial Aid Handbook (PDF).

Applicants complete Wake Forest Medical Scholars requirements when applying to the School of Medicine. If you are selected to receive one of these awards, it will be renewed each year of medical school as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and satisfactory professional conduct.

Students (incoming and current) are encouraged to apply for need-based scholarships each year while in medical school. Information needed includes the current year's FAFSA, CSS Profile, and prior-prior year tax forms for student, spouse and parents, even if the student is not claimed as a dependent.

Need-Based Scholarship Application Process

Deadline: March 15, 2019—regardless of acceptance status or class year.

Application Submission
FAFSA Available October 1
CSS Profile Available  October 1
Financial Aid Need-Based Application Deadline March 15
Award Notification
Financial aid Award Letters Emailed Between April 10-25

Disbursement Dates

Federal Loan Disbursement Dates (Refunds to students are direct deposited within 14 days of disbursement date)
MS1 - Fall 2018 June 29, 2018
MS2 - Fall 2018 July 9, 2018
MS3 -Fall 2018 May 16, 2018
MS4 - Fall 2018 May 7, 2018
MS1 - Spring 2019  December 3, 2018 
MS2 - Spring 2019 December 10, 2018
MS3 - Spring 2019 November 12, 2018
MS4 - Spring 2019  November 5, 2018
120 Day Federal Loan Excess Fund Return
MS1 - Fall 2018 October 16, 2018
MS2 - Fall 2018 October 22, 2018
MS3 - Fall 2018 August 27, 2018
MS4 - Fall 2018 August 20, 2018
MS1 - Spring 2019 March 18, 2019
MS2 - Spring 2019 March 25, 2019
MS3 - Spring 2019 February 25, 2019
MS4 - Spring 2019 February 18, 2019


How do I manage this money?

The Office of Financial Aid is available to meet with you one-on-one to talk about managing these disbursements. Due to the strict amount allowed for each year, it is important that you have a spending plan. There are many creative ways to manage these funds. For example, you might pay rent for the entire semester when you receive your first disbursement and again in January. Another way to make your money last is to deposit your disbursement into a savings account and "pay" yourself monthly or bi-monthly.