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Financial Aid and Scholarships 

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) does not administer any financial assistance programs directly to students. Federal and state grants and scholarships, although widely available, are generally reserved for the most economically disadvantaged students. Your college advisors are often the best sources of information about loan, grant and scholarship programs. Additionally, pharmacy colleges and schools may offer financial assistance. Other financial assistance opportunities are provided below.

Financial Aid Overview

What is all of this going to cost?

How much your education will cost depends on where you enroll, distance to your hometown and the extent to which public dollars are used to support the pharmacy institution. As you make plans to fund your education, remember that every dollar you spend is a dollar well-invested. The return in direct salary benefits and other less tangible gains will be far less than your initial investment.

AACP does not administer any financial assistance programs directly to students. Federal and state grants and scholarships, although widely available, are generally reserved for the most economically disadvantaged students. Your college financial aid advisors are often the best sources of information about loan, grant and scholarship programs.

Additionally, pharmacy colleges and schools may offer financial assistance directly to students. Pharmacy colleges and schools also administer student financial assistance funds provided by local or state pharmaceutical associations and their auxiliaries, practicing pharmacists, drug manufacturers and wholesalers, memorial funds and foundations, alumni associations, local chapters of pharmaceutical organizations and fraternities, as well as general university funds allocated for this purpose. For further information about aid that may be available, write to the college or school of pharmacy of your choice. Pre-professional students may be eligible to receive similar assistance from the community colleges or universities they plan to attend before entering professional schools.

Potential Grants and Scholarships

Express Scripts Scholars Program - AACP works with Express Scripts to facilitate the application process for the Express Scripts Scholars Program. As an organization, Express Scripts recognizes that students interested in dual degrees may have increased financial need and supports the efforts of academic pharmacy to educate students with diverse interests. The Express Scripts Scholars Program will provide four (4) $10,000 scholarships to enrolled dual degree students each year. The awarded students are given $2,500 per semester for 4 consecutive semesters, totaling $10,000 over 2 years. Application Deadline: The 2017 application will open in April 2017Questions? E-mail ExpressScriptsScholars@aacp.org.

Federal Loans and Grants - Information about federal aid for undergraduate and professional student pharmacists.

Explore Health Careers' Financial Aid Tool - This site includes some portable, non-school-specific funding. In addition, research the availability of financial aid opportunities offered by pharmacy schools.

Guide to College Financing for Students and Parents - To help you learn more about paying for a college education, this site offers helpful resources, including information on college planning, saving for college, Scholarships, student loans, parent loans and college financing processes.

RESPy Award - Pharmacy Times and Walmart award honors outstanding student pharmacists who display exemplary behavior and great potential as community pharmacist candidates.

Tylenol® Future Care Scholarship - Started in 1992, this program helps students who are pursuing careers in the medical field manage the rising costs of education.

American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education - AFPE provides funding for research scholarships, graduate school scholarships, pre-doctoral fellowships in the pharmaceutical sciences, post-Pharm.D. fellowships in the biomedical research sciences and pharmacy faculty new investigator grants.

Indian Health Service Division of Health Professions Support - The Federal IHS provides and administers scholarships, externships, loan repayment, recruitment, grants and other career support services to assist healthcare professionals in Indian health programs across the nation.

HRSA’s Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) Program - This program increases diversity in the health professions and nursing workforce by providing awards to eligible health professions schools for use in awarding scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have financial need, including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups. Accredited schools of medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, public health, chiropractic, allied health, a school offering a graduate program in behavioral and mental health practice, or an entity providing programs for the training of physician assistants are eligible. Check with your financial aid office to see if your school participates in the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program.

HCPC Patient Adherence Student Packaging Design Competition - The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council is a not-for-profit trade association whose mission is to promote the greater use of compliance-prompting packaging to improve patient adherence and patient outcomes. The organization has instituted a scholarship competition for pharmacy and/or packaging students to design pharmaceutical packaging that will meet criteria as described on the competition flyer. The winning design will win a $1,000 scholarship and the runner-up will win a $500 scholarship. Deadline for concept outlines is February 15, 2017, with final designs/renderings due April 14th. Winners have the ability to receive their awards at the HCPC RxAdherence2017 conference in Florham Park, NJ on May 2, 2017. For more information, please see the attached rules and contact victoriawelch@hcpconline.org.

Paul Ambrose Scholars ProgramThe Paul Ambrose Scholars Program exposes health professions students to influential public health professionals and prepares them to be leaders in addressing population health challenges at the national and community level.  Scholarships are awarded to students to conduct a community-based health education project at their institution.  Since 2002, more than 600 students from 160 academic institutions have become Paul Ambrose Scholars, equipped with leadership and organizational skills in public health education that can only be found outside of the classroom.  

Alcohol Addiction Awareness Essay Contest - AlcoRehab is an organization devoted to providing free support and resources for those who are fighting alcohol addiction and their loved ones.  The Alcohol Addiction Awareness Essay Contest will award $6,000 in scholarships to students, who share their vision on the dangers of alcohol abuse and addiction. To be eligible, candidates must be enrolled in a full-time graduate or undergraduate program at a U.S. institution. Three students will be selected to receive the awards.

 

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Last updated on: 11/16/2016 10:30 AM 

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