The Adventures in Veterinary Medicine program has limited funds to provide some degree of financial assistance to families who are considered financially disadvantaged. Assistance is entirely need-based, and we are not able to honor all requests. Typical awards generally range from 20%–40% of the tuition cost, and eligible admitted applicants are required to pay their portion of the balance of the remaining tuition. The Adventures in Veterinary Medicine program suggests that students seek out private funding or sponsors to help cover the cost of tuition. Examples include asking local companies, school programs, and veterinarians for sponsorship or hosting fund raisers.
Please note: AVM Admission decisions are made independently of financial aid decisions. Middle school students are not eligible for financial aid.
What is considered a financially disadvantaged background?
An individual from a disadvantaged background is one who comes from a “low-income family or household”. Disadvantaged situations are determined by using economic, educational and cultural factors. Other criteria taken into consideration in determining eligibility are family size, income, assets, expenses, and discretionary spending.
Financial aid may be available for qualified high school, college, and adult applicants. Middle school students are not eligible for financial aid.
What is required as proof of income?
Applicants claiming a financially disadvantaged background must provide copies of their most recent federal tax returns for themselves, and their parents (if a dependent), and/or their spouse (if applicable).
Financial aid applicants must submit their application and supporting documents by Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The AVM program is unable to accept incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline.
We require the following documentation:
- AVM Financial Aid Application*
- 2015 signed federal income tax forms*
2015 federal income tax forms for parent(s), guardians(s) or student (if applicable) are required.
2014 documents are not accepted.
The AVM financial aid deadline is much earlier than the Internal Revenue Service’s April 15th filing deadline, so please plan accordingly and notify your parents of this requirement as soon as possible so they may take any necessary action to complete their taxes early.
- W-2 Forms*
2015 W-2 forms for parent(s)/guardians(s) or student (if applicable).
- Personal statement
A short personal statement written by the student explaining why they should be considered for financial aid also needs to be included with the financial aid application. This essay should be no more than 500 words and explain how the rest of the program’s tuition will be financed.
*In situations of divorce or separation both the custodial and noncustodial parent must complete and submit separate financial aid applications and supporting documents.