Only four year DMD students, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible to receive need-based aid. Because of limited University-controlled resources, Penn Dental Medicine must consider each DMD student’s entire financial situation. Therefore, parental financial data must be submitted for consideration for Penn Dental Medicine financial assistance, even though graduate and professional students are technically ‘independent’ under federal guidelines. However, a student may borrow the calculated parental contribution from other funding sources.
DMD applicants and their families who wish to be considered for need-based support at Penn Dental Medicine are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as well as submit parental and student taxes.
All DMD applicants are eligible to receive a merit-based Dean’s Scholarship.
International and advanced standing (PASS) students will only be considered for non-University-based funding (Federal loan, if applicable, and alternative loans).
Penn Dental Medicine Dean’s Scholarship
Penn Dental Medicine offers scholarships up to a maximum of $40,000 per year to incoming four year DMD students for their accomplishments demonstrated throughout their undergraduate education and beyond as well as their potential to contribute to the legacy of excellence at Penn Dental Medicine. This is not a need-based scholarship.
All students accepted into Penn Dental Medicine’s four-year pre-doctoral program are considered for scholarships and there is no separate application. Among the selection criteria are: academic performance and achievement, a broad range of intellectual interests, demonstrated leadership, commitment to interests other than academic work and unique life experiences that may contribute to a dental career.
Only students who receive a Dean’s Scholarship prior to entering dental school are eligible to receive the scholarship in subsequent years. Awards are renewable for a maximum of four years. To remain eligible for an award, a recipient must remain in good standing. Dean’s Scholarship recipients who receive external scholarships for part or all of their tuition at any point during their four-year curriculum, such as National Health Service Corps scholarship (NHSC) or Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), may have their Dean’s Scholarship reduced or withdrawn. Student’s must notify Penn Dental Medicine’s Office of Student Affairs or Office of Student Admissions, in writing, of any award, as soon as received, while in attendance at Penn Dental Medicine.