Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) helps students identify the financial resources needed to achieve individual educational goals. Through financial aid counseling, the staff at Geisinger Commonwealth is here to help students find available resources to manage the cost of attendance.

Applying for Financial Aid

  • To apply for financial aid at Geisinger Commonwealth complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. The federal school code for Geisinger Commonwealth is G41672.
    • Students must include parental financial information on the FAFSA to be considered for Geisinger Commonwealth institutional aid, even though applicants are considered independent for federal financial aid purposes.
    • Ideally, students should complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov beginning as early as October 1. Late filers or an incomplete FAFSA can delay loan processing and could result in ineligibility for institutional aid. In order to be considered for Geisinger Commonwealth scholarships, the FAFSA must be submitted no later than March 1.
    • Some private scholarships may also require the FAFSA information. Additional information about applying for financial aid can be found in the Geisinger Commonwealth Financial Aid Guidebook.

Eligibility Requirements

To receive federal financial aid and Geisinger Commonwealth institutional funding, in addition to completing the FAFSA, applicants must:

  • Comply with Geisinger Commonwealth Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements that are published in the Financial Aid Guidebook (.pdf) and on this site.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, be an eligible non-citizen with a valid social security number, or have a Permanent Resident Visa.
  • Be accepted for admission or enrolled at least half-time.
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25. Compliance with this requirement will be verified by the federal government.
  • Not be in default on any loan or owe a refund on any grant made under Title IV at any institution.
  • Have no drug-related convictions. Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid. They do not count if the offense was not during such a period.
  • Have financial need, which is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance (COA) and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for most Geisinger Commonwealth scholarships.
  • Have a high school diploma, a GED, or a passing “ability to benefit” test result.

Some federal, state, private or other Geisinger Commonwealth assistance programs may have different eligibility criteria.

Applicant’s total financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships, etc.) cannot exceed the institutionally determined cost of attendance for the program of study. Cost of attendance minus student contribution and parent contribution from the FAFSA determine the applicant’s eligibility for institutional based financial assistance. Cost of attendance minus any institutional based financial assistance and minus any other assistance you receive equals your eligibility for federal educational loans.

Important Documents

Contact Us

Suzanne McNamara
Director of Enrollment Services
570-504-9682