Financial Aid

Welcome to the Office of Financial Aid

Federal School Code 042629

The Office of Financial Aid approaches the financing of medical education in a holistic way that is consistent with the institution’s mission, purpose, and values. The information, programs, and services we provide are accurate, unbiased, without prejudice or personal gain, and compliant with all other institutional policies and procedures to the best of our knowledge and ability.

One of the most important decisions that students make is choosing how to finance their education. Our goal is to ensure that applicants and students have the information, tools, and resources necessary to achieve lifelong educational and career success.

Students accepted to, or enrolled in, degree-seeking programs are eligible to apply for financial aid. Study abroad programs are not offered at WMed.

For all degree-seeking programs, our office administers federal Direct Unsubsidized and Grad PLUS loans, private/alternative loans, external scholarships, and third-party financial assistance programs, such as veteran's benefits.

For the MD degree program, we administer institutional merit- and need-based scholarships, endowed scholarships, the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Programs (HPSP), and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program.  

We provide services, information, and counseling to assist students as they navigate their financial aid options in the areas of:

  • Applying for financial aid and the financial aid process
  • Exploring sources of funding
  • Budgeting and money management techniques
  • Debt and loan management
  • Personal financial concerns

We help students maintain their financial wellness by making tools, resources and qualified individuals available throughout medical school to provide personalized assistance. The financial wellness program is part of the medical school curriculum under the competency of Personal Management and Self-Care.

Click here for financial wellness resources. 

Meet the Financial Aid Team

Cathy Jones, MBA, FAAC®
Director of Financial Aid

As the director of financial aid, Cathy is responsible for all aspects of scholarships, student loans, student accounts, and financial well-being. Beginning with the pre-matriculation process, Cathy promotes a financial wellness program to engage students with financial awareness.  When students begin at WMed, they will continue to see Cathy during transition courses, 7-Minute Financial Fitness sessions, and personal one-on-one meetings. Prior to her role as director at WMed, Cathy served in different areas of financial aid, including Campus Director and Assistant Director in Tennessee. She brings more than 20 years of financial aid and financial literacy experience to WMed.

Carleen Rieger, Financial Aid Coordinator

Emily Welch, Financial Aid Representative

Cristal Doll, Administrative Assistant I

To contact the financial aid team, please e-mail or call 269.337.4408.