loan/FAFSA question

blueberry

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    Does anyone know if med schools will grant "work-study" funds for med school students? Morever, if it only a very small amount will be granted, will it make more sense not to apply for it because they may decrease the amoutn of grant/loan you get based on the amount you're getting from "work-study"? Is there any way you can ask the financial aid office directly to change the loans to work-study AFTER filling FAFSA (i.e. you didn't tell them you're doing work-study at the time, but you ask them for permissions later)..

    Another unrelated question is...if you're unsure about what housing options you'll ultimately choose, which should you pick on the FAFSA??

    thanks much?
     

    SMW

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      Medical students don't have time to work, so don't bother applying for work-study funds. I don't think they're even an option in medschool (I could be wrong on this) - it's just a generic question on the FAFSA. Make sure you're filling out the FAFSA for graduate professionals. Med schools typically only provide financial aid to a handful of their best qualified, poorest students (whose parents are also poor). Most medical school education is financed with loans. Your FAFSA results will determine whether you're eligible for subsidized or non-subsidized Stafford loans. If you don't know what housing option you'll be choosing, I'd say put down on-campus.
       

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        Originally posted by SMW
        Medical students don't have time to work, so don't bother applying for work-study funds. I don't think they're even an option in medschool (I could be wrong on this)

        Work study is an option. I tutor, as do many other MS2s. I also have a workstudy contract for the emergency dept at the affiliated hospital. Some people work in the admissions office or library.


        It is true that you don't want to work much in med school, but if you choose carefully you can find something that works time wise, you enjoy, and may very well give you some good experience.
         
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