Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an FSA ID?

An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites. Your FSA ID identifies you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on ED websites such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). With an FSA ID you may perform the following tasks: electronically sign the FAFSA on the Web, Renewal FAFSA on the Web, or make FAFSA Corrections on the Web; view the status and results of a processed FAFSA application on the FAFSA website; electronically sign your Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note(s); access your Federal Student Financial Assistance Information.

When are the Financial Aid priority deadlines for the 2021-2022 academic year?

Students interested in obtaining federal student aid must have a valid FAFSA and have completed all the requirements to receive a federal student loan by April 15, 2022. Students interested in institutional need-based aid should apply by the priority deadlines: March 1, 2021, for incoming students and May 1, 2021, for returning students.

I thought Financial Aid meant “Free Money”- Grants, Scholarships, money that I do not have to pay back?

The term Financial Aid is an overall term. It includes federal, private, and institutional loans, as well as institutional need-based grants and scholarships. At the GW MD Program, students may apply for all types of financial aid, though scholarships through the Office of Admissions and some endowed awards do not require additional application.

Who is eligible for Financial Aid?

Students must be registered for classes, maintain academic satisfactory progress in a degree-granting program, and be either a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to qualify for financial aid. The student has not defaulted on a Federal loan and does not owe a refund on any federal or state grant program. The student has a valid social security number.

What is your mailing address?

Office of Financial Aid, GW SMHS, Ross Hall Room 106, 2300 I St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Will my Financial Aid be automatically renewed next year?

No. Every student needs to reapply for aid every Academic Year.

What is the difference between a grant, scholarship, and a loan?

A grant is a gift and may be referred to as a scholarship on your eBill. It does not have to be repaid. A scholarship is an achievement award which is usually based on academic grades, abilities, skills, class rank, etc. Loans are funds borrowed by the student. Loans must be repaid with an interest charge and have a time limit for repayment.

How are merit scholarships awarded for incoming students?

Merit scholarships for incoming students are awarded by the MD Program Office of Admissions. Questions about merit scholarships should be directed to the Office of Admissions at

What happens if I receive other resources from a corporation, parent’s employment, religious organization, NHSC, HPSP, etc.?

The Office of Financial Aid will review any outside aid a student receives to determine if the total amount of aid received exceeds the maximum assigned financial aid cost of attendance (budget). If this occurs, the MD Office of Financial Aid is required to return the over-award amount to the highest interest bearing loan first, if applicable. If you are receiving aid from a source such as the HPSP or NHSC, you will need to set up the payment information with the 3rd Party Billing Office, through Student Accounts (

Can the full cost of attendance be funded through federal student loans?

Yes, the full cost of attendance can be covered with a combination of the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Medical students can receive $40,500 per nine-month academic year in the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and can cover the remaining cost of attendance with a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is contingent upon a credit check. 

Do I still need to provide parental information on my application if I’m an independent student?

If you are applying for the GW MD Program Need-Based Scholarship, then yes. We require natural/adoptive parental information from everyone applying for institutional need-based aid regardless of your age or dependency status. If you are only applying for loans, then you do not need to provide parental information. Additionally, if you are married, we will also need your spouse’s information.

In what order should I accept my financial aid?

You should accept your Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (formerly known as the Stafford Loan) prior to accepting the higher interest rate Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Please remember if you accept any amount of Medical School Financial Aid Grant, you must borrow at least $20,500 of the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. If offered, you may also accept the Medical School Consolidated Loan. For more information about offered loans, please click here.