Student Financial Services

Investing in Your Future

The UNLV School of Medicine is an affordable medical degree program that allows students to wisely invest in their future while living in one of the more cost-friendly U.S. cities. The Office of Student Financial Services takes great care to build a comprehensive cost of attendance so students have the information and resources available to pay for their four years of study.

Students at the UNLV School of Medicine are eligible for federal student loans and are also considered for scholarships received from donors and university support funds. At any time, a student may pursue third-party scholarships or choose to participate in the active-duty military Health Professionals Service Program.

General financial aid information is provided to prospective students during information sessions and to applicants during the interview process. Students admitted to UNLV School of Medicine will receive additional information and counseling support from the Director of Admissions and Student Financial Services, along with access to financial literacy programming within WebCampus.


The UNLV School of Medicine charges tuition based on residency status. Applicants who accept admissions will be required to complete a Nevada Residency application with the School’s registrar to verify their residency for the purpose of tuition. Determination of that status is based upon Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and UNLV policies and procedures.

Students with out-of-state residency status in the first year, may establish Nevada residency and reapply to gain in-state tuition status for the second year and beyond.

Tuition By Academic Year for all students In-State Resident Out of State Resident
2020-2021 $27,000 $56,000
2021-2022 $27,810 $57,680
2022-2023 $28,644 $59,410

*Additional fees apply. See the full cost of attendance below for further details

Cost of Attendance

Cost of attendance is comprised of annual tuition, fees, and cost of living categories. It varies from year-to-year based upon the academic year length, curriculum and training requirements, and changes to cost of living.

At the UNLV School of Medicine, cost of living includes: room and board; transportation; books and supplies; health insurance; costs associated with the USMLE examination; and expenditures incurred in the 4th year of study to apply to residency.


Fee Amount Years Summary Additional Information
UNLV Technology $11/credit hour 1, 2, 3, 4 Supports technology infrastructure and systems on all UNLV campuses. Visit the OIT website for more information.
UNLV Graduate Professional Studies $25/semester 1, 2, 3, 4 Supports the GPS Association. Visit the GPSA Website for more information.
UNLV Rebel Recycling $1/semester 1, 2, 3, 4 On campus recycling. Visit the Rebel Recycling page for more information.
UNLV Student Abroad $2/semester 1, 2, 3, 4 Access to study abroad programming. For more information see Dr. Parrish.
UNLV Student Life Facilities $223/semester 1, 2, 3, 4 Access to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Rebel Card required for access. Visit the Membership page for more information.
UNLV Counseling and Psychology Services $25/semester 1, 2, 3, 4 Access to the student Counseling and Psychological Services center. Visit the Counseling Appointments & Hours page for more information.
UNLV Student Health (Center)


$43 for summer access

1, 2, 3, 4 Provides access to student health center facilities and programs, counseling services on campus and other preventive care services Visit the Student Health Center page for more information.
UNLV Student Health Insurance (est.) $2,639/year

1, 2, 3, 4

Charged in Fall each year.

Covers more catastrophic medical needs that are not available through the student health center. This is a health insurance policy typically underwritten by Aetna. Visit the Student Health Insurance FAQs page for more information.

School of Medicine Fees

Fee Amount Years Summary
SOM Simulation Lab $750/semester

1, 2, 3

This is an annual fee charged per student in Years 1, 2, and 3. Billed per semester.

Covers the cost for UNLV’s Simulation Center and resources to learn and practice clinical skills, simulations, and surgical lab fees, as well as expenses associated with standard patient (SP) interactions (such as major medical equipment maintenance and support, and SP programs).
SOM Administrative $475/semester

1, 2, 3, 4

This is an annual fee charged to students for all 4 years. Billed per semester.

Covers a comprehensive wellness program as well as including instruction in techniques that have been demonstrated to reduce physician burnout and stress. These evidence-based techniques cover a broad spectrum of wellness practices.

Covers disability insurance for all students that is tailored to the circumstances related to medical professionals’ education and career track.

Covers access to Certiphi which tracks student compliance with immunization, background checks, drug screens, etc. as required for clinical rotations. Student receive access to a management portal for these documents as well.

SOM Lab Support $1,000/semester

1, 2, 3, 4

This is an annual fee charged to students for all 4 years. Billed per semester.

Covers student iPad program, virtual anatomy lab, learning common resources and other technological services provided to medical students in the medical instructional facilities such as the information commons computer lab and computer exam administration.
SOM USMLE Board Exam Prep $156/semester

1, 2

First 3 semesters of study.

This fee covers subscription to the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Board preparation materials for the Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Skills (CS) licensing exams.
SOM NBME $640 in fall semester only

1, 2, 3

This fee is charged in the fall semester for the first 3 years.

Covers the expense for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Customized Assessment Service’s exams needed for student summative assessment in the curriculum.
SOM Student Research (Class of 2021, 2022, 2023 Only) $250/Semester

1, 2, 3, 4

Annual fee charged to students for all 4 years. Billed per semester.

Covers the cost of lab equipment and supplies for research projects and all costs associated with data analysis in the students’ field work.
SOM Student Research (Starting with the Class of 2024 and beyond) $500/Semester

2, 3

Charged to students in year 2 and year 3. Billed per semester.

Covers the cost of lab equipment and supplies for research projects and all costs associated with data analysis in the students’ field work.

Student Loans

Medical students are eligible to borrow from the federal Direct Unsubsidized loan program along with the Direct PLUS program. Interest rates on these programs are determined each July and borrowing cannot exceed the cost of attendance set each academic year. Medical students may be eligible for up to $40,500 per academic year from the Direct Unsubsidized program. The lifetime maximum for this program is $224,000 for medical students and does encompass borrowing done during other degrees such as bachelor’s or post-bacc programs. Direct PLUS has no lifetime maximum and caps at the cost of attendance not covered by scholarships and/or Direct Unsubsidized loans. For more information on eligibility requirements visit the federal student aid website.

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to show eligibility for loans and to receive their loan disbursements. Upon completion of the FAFSA, a financial aid award letter is generated and students may decide what loan funds they wish to take during the academic year. Admitted applicants must submit their FAFSA to campus no later than 10 days after accepting their seat.

Medical students must submit the FAFSA annually to remain eligible for loan programs and any scholarships they receive. Students should review the Student Aid Report generated by the FAFSA process to ensure information is accurate. Additional documents or processes may be required such as master promissory notes, tax verification papers, citizenship proof, and secondary loan applications.

Graduate students may file as independent on their FAFSA application.

2020-2021 Student Loan Disbursement Dates
  Fall Disbursement Spring Disbursement
Class of 2021 Begins July 1, 2020 Begins January 2, 2021
Class of 2022 Begins July 1, 2020 Begins January 2, 2021
Class of 2023 Begins July 1, 2020 Begins January 2, 2021
Class of 2024 Begins July 6, 2020 Begins January 2, 2021



Through the generosity of donors and organizations that support the mission of the UNLV School of Medicine, along with designated university funding, admitted applicants have the opportunity to be awarded scholarships to assist with the cost of attendance.

Upon admission, students receive the UNLV School of Medicine Application for Scholarships from the Office of Student Financial Services. That application along with admissions materials and the FAFSA are reviewed by the UNLV School of Medicine Scholarship Committee.

Scholarship awards can range from one to four years in duration and can be $500 all the way up to covering the cost of tuition and fees. The UNLV School of Medicine Scholarship Committee works diligent to provide aid to as many students as possible each year, and current fundraising by the Dean includes a focus on endowments to provide scholarships for many years to come.

In addition, students may pursue third-party scholarships through national databases and self-driven searches. The School also announces scholarship opportunities as they become available. Students who are interested in attending medical school debt free can also consider the active-duty military Health Professions Scholarship Program from the Army, Navy, or Air Force.

Admitted Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning for School

Students are encouraged to utilize the AAMC FIRST website when planning and navigating the cost of attending medical school. Information is available for applicants, enrolled students, and residents. All resources are free and include a med loans calculator, podcasts, articles, brochures, and interactive worksheets, along with the latest updates on federal and private financing.