Student Financial Aid

You must have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with UF in order to receive federal aid & to be considered for institutional need-based aid. The FAFSA opens each year on October 1. UF’s school code is 001535.

Your FAFSA must be received by UF’s on time deadline of December 15 to be given priority consideration for need-based aid. Apply well before December 15 to ensure that the federal processor has time to analyze and send the results of your FAFSA to UF.

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based on financial need as determined by your FAFSA, academic success, and nominations from members on our Awards and Scholarship Committee.

  • Very few of our scholarships require an application.
  • Non-sponsored candidates can receive scholarships based on recommendations by the Committee.
  • Florida residents will not typically receive scholarships until after they are enrolled.
  • The College awarded over $689,000 in scholarships to students in 2014-2015.

Loans

Loans are considered self-help aid as loans are a form of aid that must be repaid. UF primarily offers student loans through the Federal Direct Loan Program, but there are other loan programs available at UF.

  • Unsubsidized Direct Loan: Applied for via the FAFSA. Eligible to borrow up to $40,500 total for fall and spring for 1st and 4th years. These students should contact Angela Moore, Financial Aid Coordinator if they will enroll in summer courses. Eligible for $47,167 total for fall, spring, and summer of 2nd and 3rd years.
  • Direct PLUS Loan: Requires a FAFSA and a separate application completed on StudentLoans.gov. Eligibility depends on the formula: Total Cost of Attendance (minus) current outstanding financial aid from the current academic year. Information on how to apply for a PLUS loan is available in this how-to video from the UF Office for Student Financial Affairs.
  • Health Professions Student Loan: Based on financial need. Awards are typically $3000-$6000 per year. Students MUST include their parent’s information on the FAFSA to be considered. This loan is awarded through the University Bursar. If you are eligible, paperwork will be mailed to your mailing address on file. This is a subsidized loan, meaning, interest does not accrue while you are in school.

Extramural Scholarships

We encourage students to seek outside scholarships. You need to visit the scholarship organization’s website for the most up-to-date information regarding the scholarship and application deadlines. Please contact Angela Moore if you have any questions.

Please see below under “Report Outside Resources Early” for important information regarding outside scholarships.

Southwestern Tack Scholarship Program

  • Open to all Vet Med students
  • Applications typically due by Sept. 1 each year

Zoetis/AAVMC Veterinary Student Scholarship Program

  • For 2nd and 3rd year students
  • Academic excellence & financial need considered
  • Applications typically due in late November

American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Scholarship Program

  • Apply for the Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship under the “Career Path Scholarships”
  • For 3rd year students
  • An AQHA member for 1 year or more
  • Focus on equine medicine and/or surgery
  • GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Applications typically due in early December

Merck Animal Health/AAEP Foundation Scholarship

  • For 2nd and 3rd year students
  • Must be a student member of AAEP and be active in UF’s chapter
  • Applications typically due in late December

Zoetis/AAEP Foundation Scholarship

  • For 4th year students
  • Must be a student member of AAEP and be active in UF’s chapter
  • Applications typically due in late December

Coyote Rock Ranch Scholarship

  • For 3rd year students
  • Must be a student member of AAEP and be active in UF’s chapter
  • Applications typically due in late January/early February

AAEP/Race for Education Winner’s Circle Scholarship

  • Be sure to click the link “AAEP Winner’s Circle Scholarship”
  • For 2nd and 3rd year students to use in their 3rd or 4th years of study
  • Must be a student member of AAEP and be active in UF’s chapter
  • Must intend to enter equine veterinary medicine
  • Applications typically due in mid-January

Merck Animal Health/AVMF Veterinary Student Scholarship Program

  • For 2nd and 3rd year students
  • Applications typically due in late December

2nd Opportunity Summer Research Scholarship

  • For students who have previously conducted a summer research project
  • Are seeking to gain a second summer of research experience
  • Applications typically due in mid-January

AVMF General Scholarships

  • For 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students
  • Applications typically due in mid-May

Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship Program

  • For 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students who are SAVMA members
  • Demonstrate academic achievement & financial need
  • Applications typically due in mid-October

USDA/Saul T. Wilson Internship Program

  • Have completed no more than 1 full year of veterinary medicine studies and are in good academic standing
  • Students must work for the USDA’s APHIS during summer and school breaks
  • Interns will be paid and receive up to $15,000 per year for tuition, fees, and other school expenses
  • After graduation, students must become full-time agency employees for every school year they received aid
  • Failure to fulfill this obligation incurs repayment of assistance received
  • Applications are generally open for 2 weeks in the spring each year

Oxbow Animal Health Scholarship Program

  • Open to all currently enrolled veterinary medicine students
  • Must have an interest in small and exotic animal medicine
  • Applications typically due in early March

AHVMF Scholarships

  • Open to all veterinary medicine students
  • Must have an interest in holistic/integrative medicine
  • Applications typically due in mid-March
  • Note: Some of the scholarships are solely for funding to attend the AHVMF Conference

Amstutz Scholarship

  • For rising 3rd year students
  • Must be a student member of AABP
  • Must intend to engage in bovine medicine in the United States or Canada after graduation
  • Applications typically due in late May

AABP Foundation – Zoetis Scholarship Program

  • For rising 4th year students
  • Must be a student member of AABP
  • Must intend to engage in bovine medicine in the United States or Canada after graduation
  • Applications typically due in early June

AKC Humane Fund John D. Spurling Scholarship

  • Open to all veterinary medicine students
  • Must be enrolled full time
  • Must have an excellent academic record
  • Applications typically due July 1 each year

American Jersey Cattle Association Scholarships

  • Various scholarships available – should have a demonstrated interest in large animal practice and/or dairy science/production
    • 1 scholarship available to Florida residents who own Jersey cattle
  • Must be a member of the AJCA or join prior to submitting your application
  • Applications typically due July 1 each year

SAVMA Awards/Scholarships

  • Must log in with SAVMA membership credentials to view scholarship information

Report Outside Resources Early

You are legally required to keep SFA informed of all resources you receive. Students should use ONE.UF to report any outside resources not already listed on their award letters, using the “Additional Aid Reporting” link, within “Awards & Disbursements” for the correct academic year. Click here for more information.

Loan Repayment and Forgiveness