Veterinary Medicine Students


View the Vet Med Financial Aid Information video (Also includes information for UNL students)


  • Students should submit the FAFSA in order to be considered for financial aid
    • If the student completes a renewal FAFSA, they should review all directions, as some data may need to be updated based on their graduate/professional student status.
    • The student should submit the FAFSA after January 1 annually. The priority submission date for consideration of the HPSL is March 1 annually.
    • On the FAFSA, the Vet Med student should answer 'yes' to the question 'Will you be working on a degree beyond a bachelor's degree?'
    • Students interested in a low-interest Health Professions loan must complete the optional parental information section (Part 4 on the FAFSA) and have their FAFSA submitted prior to March 1
    • Iowa State University's Federal School Code is 001869
  • All students are encouraged to get a copy of their credit report prior to coming to Iowa State, as some loans require that you have good credit. A copy of your credit report can be obtained by one of the following methods:
    • Calling Equifax — (800) 685-1111
    • Calling Trans Union Corporation — (800) 916-8800
    • Calling Experian — (800) 682-7654
    • Visiting

Tuition and Fees

Visit the cost of attendance page to see the estimated university expenses for a Veterinary Medicine student.

Scholarship and Loan Information

The Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine coordinates a scholarship and award program that benefits nearly half of all Veterinary Medicine Students.

Students are selected for scholarships and awards by the CVM Student Awards Committee, which is made up of seven faculty members from throughout the College. The committee receives input from many other faculty and students during the process of selection.

Because the dean and faculty want each student to be considered for scholarships and financial awards, a general application for all CVM scholarships and awards is distributed in November to every student in the professional curriculum.

  • A limited number of scholarships are available for incoming first-year students
  • An application for these scholarships is included with the student's offer of admission
  • Students should also remember to search for general scholarships as an additional source of aid

Facts and Statistics

The majority of financial aid for Veterinary Medicine students is in the form of loans. Veterinary Medicine graduates had the following average indebtedness for those who borrowed after 4 years of Veterinary Medicine education:

  • $134,193 – Average indebtedness of graduates in 2011-2012
  • $134,830 – Average indebtedness of graduates in 2012-2013
  • $138,473 – Average indebtedness of graduates in 2013-2014

Loan Deferment

Veterinary Medicine students may wish to defer payments on previously received Student Loans. More information about Loan Deferment