Is Your Foreign Medical School Eligible for US Federal Loans?

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US citizens can go abroad for medical school and receive US federal funding. They must complete FAFSA and only selected number of medical schools abroad are eligible for federal funding.

Every few years, medical schools abroad are assessed by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education Accreditation (NCFMEA) in order to determine whether they are eligible to receive federal loans.  Only a handful of medical schools abroad are eligible for US federal loans since they require a meticulous monitoring and evaluation from NCFMEA. You can read more about the NCFMEA here.

Many of these medical schools have large number of US medical students enrolled and utilize federal funding. Below is the list of foreign medical schools that students are eligible to receive federal funding.

Australia

Canada

Caribbean

Czech Republic

Dominican Republic

Ireland

Israel

Mexico

Poland

United Kingdom

Since this previous article that listed foreign medical schools eligible for federal funding, there are a number of previous medical schools that used to receive federal funding missing from the list. Some of the medical schools not on the list to receive federal funding are:

  • Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • University College of Dublin
  • Poznan university of Medical Sciences, Poland
  • Medical University of Warsaw

In 2017, there has been an increase of Caribbean medical schools that are eligible to receive federal funding. If you are a pre-med who is interested in going abroad for medical school, contact the Department of Education in order to confirm whether you are eligible for federal loans at the foreign medical school.

*As of February 2017

View the current list of foreign medical schools eligible for Federal Loans:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/prepare-for-college/choosing-schools/types/international#participating-schools

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