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Mission Statement

The UNLV School of Dental Medicine provides world-class oral health education while providing for the dental needs of Nevada residents. The Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships & Academic Endeavors at UNLV SDM is essential in fulfilling its mission by making higher education accessible for UNLV School of Dental Medicine students. We partner with other university divisions to recruit and retain a highly qualified diverse student body.

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), the Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry and the Advanced Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Residency Program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine can access a wide variety of both federal and institutional financial aid. The majority of funding available for students consists of student loans. These include both federal and institutional loans. International students can apply for private education loans provided they have a qualified co-signer for the loan.

UNLV SDM students and their families are expected to maximize use of their own resources. Federal student financial assistance should supplement a family’s maximum financial resources. Students are highly encouraged to research outside scholarships through free scholarship search websites available on-line. Financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants or low-interest loans may be found in your state or local dental organizations, agencies and societies. Aside from self-help financial support, the majority of qualified students receive federal student financial assistance in the form of federal student loans to cover the cost of attendance, which includes tuition & fees, books & supplies, room & board, transportation and personal expenses.

The link below will help you understand the available financial aid programs at UNLV SDM.


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Loss of Subsidized Loan Eligibility for Graduate/Professional Students

The Budget Control Act of 2011 was signed into law on August 2, 2011. This Act makes two changes to the Direct Loan. Effective July 1, 2012, graduate and professional students will no longer receive the Federal Direct Subsidized Loan. As a result, graduate and professional students will be awarded Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The annual limit, however, does not change.

Termination of Direct Loan Borrower Repayment Incentives

Effective, July 1, 2012, the up-front rebate that has been provided to Direct Loan borrowers at the time of their loan disbursement will no longer be offered. As a result, the origination fee for the Direct Stafford Loans will be 1.0% and the origination fee for the Direct PLUS Loans will be 4.0%.

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