Federal Financial Aid
U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is a prerequisite for Direct Loan eligibility.   

Institutional Financial Aid
All matriculated students, including international and DACA, are considered for Stanford need-based financial aid (institutional scholarship and loan).  

Enrollment Requirements

  • Each student must meet the enrollment and satisfactory progress as defined in Section 10.3: Standards for Performance and Satisfactory Progress in the M.D. Program Handbook.
    • Per quarter: 

1. Autumn, winter, spring: nine medical school units each quarter (medical school course work include all courses and research units offered through the medical school).
2. Summer: a minimum of nine units that include three medical school units.

Per academic year: minimum of 36 medical school units.

1.Students planning not to register for a quarter, or to register for summer and take only three medical school units, must be careful that during each academic year they complete a minimum of 36 medical school units. No financial aid will be disbursed to a student who completes less than the minimum. Units for a course dropped will not be included. 

2.Academic deficiencies must be corrected within the time frame established by the Committee on Performance, Professionalism and Promotion (CP3). 

  • Advanced degrees outside of the medical school do not qualify for financial aid funding through the medical school. 

  • A student who has completed the degree requirements, with the exception of the ACLS, will not be eligible for financial aid funding.

Maximum Financial Aid and Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require that students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to receive federal financial aid. The following policy and standards apply.  

For students in the M.D. program: five years (i.e. 20 quarters).

For M.D. students working on a master's degree at the medical school: six years (i.e. 23 quarters)

Funding beyond the maximum time frames will only be available upon appeal and approval of student's Academic Advisor and the Financial Aid Director.

Periods of approved leaves of absence are excluded.

Student academic progress(SAP)  is monitored by the Medical School Registrar which notifies the FAO and the CP3 of students whose academic progress may be in question.

Upon notification of insufficient SAP, the FAO will place students on a "Financial Aid Warning".  Under the Financial Aid Warning, students may continue to receive aid for an additional term, e.g. successfully completing enrollment requirements for the term. If the student has not met the requirement by the end of the warning period, then they become ineligible for further assistance (financial aid suspension).

The student may appeal the financial aid suspension decision and be placed on "Financial Aid Probation" and continue to receive assistance. The student then has one academic year (CP3 will determine length of remediation period) to meet the minimum standards or meet the requirements of an "academic plan" as developed by CP3.

Financial Need

  • All financial aid is based on demonstrated financial need.  Merit based financial aid is not offered.
  • To determine need, you, your parents and your spouse must provide all financial information fully and accurately.  

Change in Financial Status

  • Students are required to notify the FAO of any change in their financial circumstances during the year. 

  • Failure to report changes including marital status, parental income and assets, scholarship aid, work income, etc., may result in loss of aid, revision of past awards, serious disciplinary action, or all three.