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Financial aid at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 

The Financial Aid Office at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine helps students identify the financial resources needed to achieve individual educational goals. Through financial aid counseling, the staff is ready to help students find available resources to manage the cost of attendance.

How to apply for financial aid 

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year by March 1 to apply for financial aid at Geisinger Commonwealth. Late filings or an incomplete FAFSA can delay loan processing, and could result in ineligibility for institutional aid.

The federal school code for Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is G41672. Some external private scholarships may also require FAFSA information. Additional information about applying for financial aid can be found in the Geisinger Commonwealth Financial Aid Guidebook.

Contact Financial Aid

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Meet the team

Suzanne McNamara
Director of Financial Aid

Roxanne Seymour, MBA, MSHE
Associate Director for Financial Aid

Stacey Zelinka, MHA
Assistant Director of Financial Aid


Financial aid eligibility requirements

Students interested in federal and/or institutional funding must: 

•  Complete the FAFSA
•  Maintain Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements that are published in the Financial Aid Guidebook.
•  Be a U.S. citizen, be an eligible non-citizen with a valid social security number, or have a Permanent Resident Visa.
•  Be accepted for admission or enrolled at least half-time.
•  Not be in default on any loan or owe a refund on any grant made under Title IV at any institution. If you are in default of federal loan, find more information regarding the Fresh Start program.
•  Have financial need, which is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance (COA) and the Student Aid Index (SAI) for most Geisinger Commonwealth scholarships.
•  Have a high school diploma, a GED or a passing “ability to benefit” test result.

Some federal, state, private or other Geisinger Commonwealth assistance programs may have different eligibility criteria.

An applicant’s total financial aid (e.g., loans, grants, scholarships) cannot exceed the institutionally determined cost of attendance for the program of study. Cost of attendance minus student contribution and parent contribution from the FAFSA determine the applicant’s eligibility for institutional based financial assistance. Cost of attendance minus any institutional based financial assistance and minus any other assistance you receive equals your eligibility for federal educational loans.

Financial aid resources

Cost of attendance: MD Program. A breakdown of the estimated tuition, fees and academic & living expenses you will incur in each academic year at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. 

Scholarships and awards. A list of the annual scholarships and awards available to you as a Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine student. You may also be interested in: 

•  Scholarships and Grants at Geisinger
•  External Private Scholarships
•  Service Commitment Scholarships
•  The Scholarship Committee

Debt management and financial planning. Tips and resources for managing your debt, and creating a plan that can help minimize expenses and excess borrowing. 

GI Bill Educational Benefits. Information on how to use GI Bill® benefits and military tuition assistance at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. 

Loans. Information on applying for federal loans to finance a portion of your education expenses. 

Student rights and responsibilities. Your rights and responsibilities as they relate to cost and financial information. 

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