The Office of Financial Aid

Welcome! The Office of Financial Aid at California Health Sciences University (CHSU) is committed to ensuring that CHSU students make informed financial choices.
We assist our medical students in understanding, applying for, and securing financing for a professional education, from the beginning of their academic career at CHSU to their entry into residency training and beyond.

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AACOM Financial Aid Modules for Osteopathic Medical School Students and Graduates

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) offers a series of educational debt management modules designed to help osteopathic medical students and recent graduates. Visit the AACOM website for more information at:

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Steps to Financially Prepare for Medical School

Step 1: Being Prepared

We encourage students to review their current financial status so they have a clear understanding of what will be helpful in determining their budget and potential student loan borrowing for their education at CHSU-COM.  For instance, students should consider their total current monthly expenses for credit cards, car payment, insurance, etc…  Once the monthly expenses are established, the Office of Financial Aid can assist with creating a suggested budget to follow.

Creating a Budget

A monthly budget is a critical item that will help students live within their means and not over borrow.  A budget is the estimated average and reasonable cost of completing an academic year at CHSU-COM.  It will serve as the foundation for determining a student’s financial need as well as the amount of qualified aid, including private student loans and scholarships, that can be offered.  The Cost of Attendance includes two parts — Direct Costs and Indirect Costs:

  1. Direct Costs are those that are charged by CHSU-COM and include tuition and fees.
  2. Indirect Costs are those that are established through student surveys and other research and may include the components below:
    • Books and supplies
    • Room and board
    • Personal expenses
    • Transportation expenses

Here are a couple of helpful resources to start you on your path to creating a budget. Budgeting Tips Student Budget Calculator
Step 2: Understanding Costs
Official Cost of Attendance
2021-2022 CHSU-COM
(Based on 11 Months)
First Year
Tution $54,500
Fees (est) $5,445
Health Insurance (est) $3,485
Books and Supplies (est) $2,500
Room and Board (est) $21,087
Transportation (est) $1,122
Personal Expenses (est) $4,697
Total   $92,836
Step 3: Exploring Scholarship Opportunities

Students are encouraged to research other ways to fund their academic career at CHSU. We have identified some potential scholarship opportunities and listed them below as well as a few scholarship search engines.

Free Scholarship Search Databases

Many foundations, professional associations, religious and ethnic organizations, and corporations offer grants and scholarships. Below are some free resources that could be utilized:

Service Obligation Scholarships
Committing to serve in one of the following organizations upon graduation may make you eligible to apply for scholarship or loan repayment opportunities with that organization:

AACOM Sherry R. Arnstein Minority Student Scholarship
AACOM recognizes one newly accepted and one continuing underrepresented minority student AACOM’s member colleges of osteopathic medicine. An applicant must be an underrepresented minority student in good academic standing and currently enrolled in his or her first, second or third year at an AACOM member college of osteopathic medicine or an underrepresented minority student who has been accepted and is planning to matriculate at one of the AACOM member colleges.

American Association of University Women
Women in medicine who are ethnic minorities may apply for funding.

American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
The ACOFP offers several scholarships for students enrolled in a college of osteopathic medicine.

American Indian Graduate Center
American Indian Graduate Center is a national organization headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico providing educational assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students throughout the United States. For more information contact the affiliated Tribal Bureau of Education or the American Indian Graduate Center.

American Medical Association
The AMA Foundation provides financial assistance through scholarships, grants and awards to deserving medical students and residents across the nation. The Physicians of Tomorrow scholarship is awarded to 3rd year student in either a MD or DO program.

American Medical Women’s Association
AMWA offers travel awards, grants and tuition need-based scholarships.

American Osteopathic Foundation
The AOF offers a variety of grant, scholarship and award opportunities to osteopathic medical students, residents, physicians, researchers, and osteopathic centers/programs.

Buckfire & Buckfire Medical School Diversity Scholarship
The Medical School Diversity Scholarship is $2,000 and will be awarded to a student currently enrolled in an accredited medical school, who is either a member of an ethnic or racial minority or demonstrates commitment to issues of diversity within their academic career.

Christian Medical and Dental Associations
Scholarships are available to assist with the tuition of medical students who are committed to a career in foreign or domestic medical missions.

Japanese Medical Society of America
The Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) awards scholarships to student who demonstrate academic excellence and show a strong interest in JMSA and its goals. Member of JMSA consist of medical professionals as well as non-medical professionals concerned with medical issues.

Medical Student Scholarship
eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Applicant must be enrolled in an accredited medical school, good academic standing.

National Association of Medical Minority Educators
NAMME is a national organization working to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in all of the health professions.

National Hispanic Health Foundation
Supports the national Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program – this scholarship program is focused on Hispanic students who are committed to careers in health care; such as, nursing, dentistry, public health, health management and policy analysis, and allied health.

National Medical Fellowship
The NMT’s mission is to provide scholarships for underrepresented minorities in medicine. NMF programs fund need-based and merit scholarships during the first years of medical study and experience-based opportunities for more senior students.

Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation
The Foundation’s Scholarship program was created twenty-five years ago to help defray some of the cost of osteopathic medical school. Scholarships are awarded annually, based on academic performance, to students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington who are committed to practicing medicine in the Pacific Northwest. Consideration is given to residents of the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington), and to those who have lived, worked or attend osteopathic medical school in the Pacific Northwest. A commitment to practicing medicine in the Pacific Northwest is essential.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
The purpose of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. Candidates must demonstrate the relevance of graduate education to their longer-term career goals and potential in enhancing their contributions to society.

Student Osteopathic Medical Association
SOMA lists several scholarships available for osteopathic medical students. SOMA is a student managed, non-profit specializing in providing scholarships for current Osteopathic medical students who are members of SOMA.

Women in Medicine (WIM) LGBT Leadership Scholarship
Women in Medicine (WIM) will present two $5000 LGBT Leadership Scholarships for female medical students enrolled in allopathic or osteopathic medical schools in the United States or Canada.

Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Future Consideration

Step 4: Initiating Loans

The following private educational loan financing options are available to CHSU students:

In considering private or alternative loans, borrowers need to take into account such factors as annual and aggregate loan amount limits, interest rates, fees, disbursement processes, timing and frequency, deferments such as during the in-school period, and repayment terms. Students are also encouraged to explore other options to find the best program for their needs.

Student Loan Forgiveness Programs for Future Consideration

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For more Financial Aid information, please contact:

Kevin Hoover, Executive Director of Financial Aid
California Health Sciences University
Office of Financial Aid
120 N. Clovis Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 325-3600

Sandra Acuna, MBA, Financial Aid Advisor
California Health Sciences University
Office of Financial Aid
120 N. Clovis Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
(559) 472-7874