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KYCOM’s Financial Aid Office offers counseling and assistance to medical students regarding securing financial support to help meet the costs of medical education. Every student applying for financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the appropriate federal processor to assess aid eligibility. The needs analysis system set by the federal government ensures equity of treatment among all applicants. KYCOM uses this needs analysis system to determine the amount of need-based financial assistance. KYCOM complies with the Federal requirement that all students who receive financial assistance from Title IV and Title VII funds must maintain satisfactory academic progress. For more information, contact Teresa Jones, KYCOM Director of Financial Aid, at TeresaJones@upike.edu or 606.218.5407.
Types of Aid
The primary loan source for medical students are the Federal Direct loans through the U.S. Department of Education (https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action).
The most commonly awarded scholarships are service commitment scholarships and specific state scholarships that are based on residency status. The Financial Aid Office maintains a list of KYCOM Scholarship Opportunities. Please note that that if a student signs a service commitment scholarship while enrolled, he or she may not be able to participate in certain state or federal loan repayment programs after graduation. To be eligible to participate in most loan repayment programs, prior commitments must be fulfilled by service or repayment plan.
Please visit the KYCOM Scholarship Opportunities list for current scholarship opportunities.
Veteran's Educational Benefits
Students with eligibility for veteran's educational benefits by the state approving agency during enrollment at UP-KYCOM should submit any forms that need to be completed to the Financial Aid Office. U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Applications for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) or Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (VA Form 22-5490) forms should be mailed to:
For questions concerning eligibility for education benefits or education payments, contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in St. Louis at 888-442-4551, or by visiting the website: http://www.gibill.va.gov.
FICO (credit) Score
UP-KYCOM Financial Aid offers debt management conseling to students throughout their enrollment in medical school. Students have access at all time to their total student loan debt and projected monthly payments. Helpful Debt Management Web sites are listed below:
Planning for and Obtaining Loans
View Federal Loan History -- nslds.ed.gov
Education Investment Planner -- salliemae.com/plan
Request your free credit scores from the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) at: www.annualcreditreport.com
Financial Aid Calculators
Various loan and aid calculators can be found at this site: http://www.finaid.org/calculators
Income Based Repayment (IBR)
Information about IBR and an IBR calculator
Facts from the AAMC about IBR
IBR Q & A prepared by the U.S. Deptment of Education
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
Learn about Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Application for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Tax Benefits for Education (IRS Publication 970)
IRS Publication 970
KYCOM tuition for 2012-2013 is $37,450. Tuition is subject to change annually.
KYCOM's policy with respect to its student educational records adheres to the requirements and regulations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
For any of the following services, KYCOM students and alumni should contact Alyson Plummer, KYCOM Director of Student Records, at email@example.com or 606.218.5444.
- Enrollment Verifications
- Official Name Change Requests
- Transcript Requests
- ERAS Services
- Diploma Requests
- Diploma and Credential Verifications
KYCOM Student Government Association The KYCOM Student Government Association (SGA) is the official voice for all KYCOM students. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs advises the student government and serves as its administrative liaison. SGA is responsible for collecting and expressing student opinion; dispersing funds for student activities; acting as liaison for the student body; promoting osteopathic medicine; supporting club and classroom activities; and working to improve the quality of life for all KYCOM students.
KYCOM promotes an environment in which students balance curricular expectations and extracurricular activities with their personal responsibilities. The orientation program introduces entering students to the career-oriented student organizations and chapters that are officially recognized by KYCOM. Examples of these student organizations follow.
- American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
- American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI)
- American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG)
- American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP)
- Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS)
- Christian Medical Association (CMA)
- Emergency Medicine Club (EM)
- Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association (KOMA)
- Orthopedic Surgery (PSOA)
- Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP)
- Sports Medicine Club (SM)
- Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
- Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
- Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA)
- Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)
All students are provided membership in the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), the student branch of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Additionally, students are provided a membership in the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association (KOMA) and the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA). Students are provided these memberships as part of the “KYCOM Advantage”.