Graduate Student Awards

Students in Master's programs and the PhD Clinical Research program may apply for the Stafford Unsubsidized and GradPlus loans. Eligible amounts vary. Bear in mind that the GradPlus Loan requires a credit check.

If you are interested in this type of aid you will need to file:

  • The Icahn School of Medicine Institutional Application for Financial Assistance
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (ISMMS code is G07026).
  • This aid takes into account your (and your spouse's, if married) income/assets.

All forms can be accessed on the top right corner of this page.

PhD in Clinical Research candidates, not on stipends or employed full-time, may apply for Stafford Unsubsidized Loans of up to $20,500 yearly, and GradPlus Loans for them remainder of the budget. PhD and MD/PhD students on a stipend generally do not qualify for federal financial aid because the ISMMS Stipend exceeds the Cost of Attendance budget.

Students on stipend with extenuating circumstances should consult Student Financial Services.  In some cases, students may be eligible for assistance with part of childcare or health care expenses and other extenuating circumstances. On a case by case basis, students may be eligible for financial aid assistance (federal loans only).

Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Candidates

If you are participating in the NIH-funded Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP), we do not consider you to be a student for the purposes of financial aid. You are scholars who are allowed to study those areas of interest under the terms of this grant; you are not registered for a degree program. You receive free tuition and a living expense stipend, but are not eligible for any additional federal financial aid, nor can the Icahn School of Medicine certify you as being "in school" to qualify for loan deferments.