Financial Wellness News – 9/26/22

2023-2024 Scholarships &
FAFSA Applications

The FAFSA and Scholarship applications open on October 1! Complete the FAFSA annually to be eligible for financial aid. Additionally, score some extra cash for school by completing the scholarship application. Be sure to put these items on your to-do list!


October 1 of each year marks the first-day students are able to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for loans, grant money, and work-study arrangements.

We’ve put together a video that walks you through the process. Click this link to view it.

You can also watch the video on your announcements page in your respective AA, PA, and Med program Canvas Courses. Just look for the Financial Wellness module.

Remember, completing a FAFSA does not mean you have to take out loans. You’re eligible for Federal Pell and State grant money if you are an undergraduate student. If you’re a graduate or professional, don’t forget about work-study options. Plus, keep in mind that a lot of scholarships require a FAFSA to be on file. Complete the FAFSA before UMKC’s priority deadline of February 1, 2023.

If you have more questions on how to complete the FAFSA, visit this site for a complete overview of the process.

To complete or renew your FAFSA, click here.


For Years 1 & 2  Medical Students in 2023-2024:

Students in these years of the program for the 2023-2024 school year are not eligible for additional School of Medicine scholarships.

Students are eligible for any of the general UMKC competitive scholarships. Be sure to visit and complete the general UMKC application and any additional prompted applications you may be eligible for.

For Years 3-6, MD, PA, & AA Students in 2023-2024:

The School of Medicine is pleased to offer students in the MD, AA, PA, and BA/MD 3-6 programs the chance to be awarded a scholarship from the School of Medicine for the 2023-2024 academic year. Scholarships are each in the amount of $5000.

To apply visit and complete the UMKC General Application and the prompted School of Medicine Scholarship Application. You must complete both applications to be eligible. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2023. 

Applications are reviewed and decisions are made in late Spring 2023.

If you have questions, please contact your Financial Wellness Counselor: Kristian Brennon at

►Events & Workshops:

The SOM Financial Wellness department is hosting 9 Events this fall! If you attend at least 3 of the events you will be entered for a grand prize drawing in December! Grab our flyer to see which events are included in the prize drawing here: SOM Financial Wellness Events

The fun doesn’t stop with SOM Financial Wellness. The Volker Financial Wellness Center is hosting quite a few in-person and virtual events this fall. Grab their schedule here: Financial Wellness Center Workshop Flyer, F22

You can RSVP for all SOM-sponsored events and Financial Wellness Center events on RooGroups.


Upcoming Events:

Building Latinx Wealth: Buying your First Home – Oct. 6th @ 6 pm | ZOOM. Our expert guests, a real estate agent, and a mortgage lender will share how homeownership ties into larger conversations about the wealth gap and walk through the steps of the homebuying process.  RSVP here.

Alternative Ways to Pay for Medical School – Oct. 13th @ 4:30 pm | Hybrid. This session will feature a panel of current physicians, and students who paid off their student loans or financed med school in unique ways. Learn ways to decrease your debt during school and post-graduation. Dinner will be provided and this event will be hybrid. RSVP here.