Types of Financial Aid

Financial Aid and Scholarships offers loans to students in the Veterinary Medicine program. Need is determined through filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application. We strongly recommend researching all possible funding options in order to minimize loans, and maximize any available grants or scholarships by contacting your respective department.

Admitted and continuing students may log in to MyAwards to review the types of aid that may be included in their financial aid package. We anticipate MyAwards will be released for the upcoming academic year as follows:

  • VetMed year 1 and 4 - April
  • VetMed year 2 and 3 - May
  • MPVM - July 


Loans are financial aid awards that require repayment, with interest, under varying terms and conditions. Veterinary students may receive a maximum of $40,500 during their 1st through 3rd year and $47,167 during their 4th year in Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Students may also borrow up to the cost of attendance minus other estimated financial aid in Graduate PLUS Loan. Veterinary students may also be eligible for the Health Professional Student Loan, or can pursue Alternative Loans.

Grants and Scholarships

Based on eligibility, students may receive a combination of grant, scholarship and loan that does not exceed their cost of attendance. UC Davis Financial Aid and Scholarships Office administers grants to eligible students. The School of Veterinary Medicine annually administers over 650 scholarships. Some scholarships are based solely on academic criteria; others are based on academic and financial criteria. More information is available from the School of Veterinary Medicine.