Financial Aid

Review this entire page carefully! If your question still has not been answered, visit to ask a financial aid question. Be sure to include your UFID and identify yourself as a Vet Med student.

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

The FAFSA is the first step for financial aid. All DVM students are required to have a FAFSA on file to borrow federal loans and to be considered for grants. The FAFSA is highly recommended for scholarship consideration.

Please note: You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to file a FAFSA. Students who are ineligible to file the FAFSA may wish to consider private loans as a source of educational funding. UF will certify private loans for the DVM program.

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 if you wish to receive 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. It is recommended that all DVM students submit their FAFSA by December 8 every year to ensure that they meet the on-time deadline.

Cost of Attendance and Residency

Florida Resident (Sponsored) – $28,786 total per year, paid bi-annually in the fall and spring semesters of each academic year ($14,393 per semester). Florida resident tuition and fees are subject to change each year.

Out-of-State Resident (Non-Sponsored) – $45,500 per year, paid bi-annually in the fall and spring semesters of each academic year ($22,750 per semester). Non-Sponsored tuition and fees is fixed for all four years of your DVM education regardless of any increases in tuition or changes in applicant residency status. At this time, only out-of-state students are eligible for the Non-Sponsored program.

DVM/MPH Students – Tuition is charged on a per-credit-hour basis for every semester of enrollment. Tuition and fees are subject to change each year.

Click here to view a pdf of the 2019-20 Cost of Attendance for UF College of Veterinary Medicine.

Residency – Your initial residency classification is determined by the Office of Admissions when you apply to the university. Failure to provide all relevant information and required documentation in the residency section of the admission application could result in a non-Florida or out-of-state resident classification for tuition purposes. Such a classification will result in a higher tuition charge.


UFCVM scholarships are awarded based on number of factors, including but not limited to: financial need, including debt load; academic success/merit; and/or nominations from members of 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 $744,000 in scholarships to students in 2016-2017.


Loans are considered self-help aid as loans must be repaid. UF primarily offers student loans through the Federal Direct Loan Program.

  • 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 the UFCVM 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 Eligibility depends on the formula: Cost of Attendance (minus) all other awarded financial aid. 
  • Health Professions Student Loan: Based on financial need. Awards are typically $3000-$6000 per year; award amounts vary each year based on available funding and the number of eligible students. Students MUST include their parent’s information on the FAFSA to be considered. This is a subsidized loan, meaning, interest does not accrue while you are in school.

Extramural Scholarships

We encourage students to seek outside scholarships and report outside resources early. You need to visit the scholarship organization’s website for the most up-to-date information regarding the scholarship and application deadlines.

There are thousands of scholarship programs available, many of which do not require enrollment in a specific major or program. You are encouraged to expand your scholarship search beyond DVM specific scholarships. The following are some resources to assist you in your scholarship research.

Report Outside Resources Early

You must keep Student Financial Affairs 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 for the appropriate academic year.  Get for more information on reporting additional aid. Failure to report outside resources could result in being required to repay aid.

Loan Repayment and Forgiveness