Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs

Setting Up Your Tufts User Account

How do I get my Tufts ID and e-mail address?

After you have replied to our offer of admission and your record is updated, we will e-mail you with instructions for activating your Tufts credentials, including your new e-mail address and your Universal Tufts Login Name (UTLN): Log in to your online application portal and follow the instructions to “Get Your Tufts E-mail Address,” once your information has been processed and posted to your account.

How do I access Tufts University online services?

Tufts SIS (Student Information Services) provides students with course registration, course catalogs and schedules, financial aid information, grades and transcripts, and more. SIS can be accessed here.

Tuition and Fees

How much do the online Public Health programs cost?

The cost per credit for the Master of Science in Health Informatics & Analytics program is $1,485, and you must complete 36 credits for a total tuition of $53,460. The cost per credit for the Master of Public Health program is $1,831, and you must complete 42 credits for a total tuition of $76,902. You are billed per term based on the number of credits for which you are registered; most courses are 3 credits. Tuition typically increases each year and the total tuition referenced does not take into consideration the increase. Tuition is set by the Board of Trustees each year in the spring.

You will be pre-billed for two courses (6 credits). If you are a financial aid applicant, your initial eligibility will be calculated based on your estimated enrollment indicated on the institutional application for each term.

Are there required fees in addition to tuition?

Students in the online Public Health programs at Tufts are charged a mandatory $70 activity fee, $250 health administration fee, and $240 technology fee annually. These fees will be charged in the fall and spring semesters. Students may purchase health insurance for an additional $5,604 annually. Additionally, you will be required to submit immunization records, required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for all Tufts students.

The online programs also require that students pay a fee of approximately $300 for the required immersion. As this fee will not be charged during a specific semester, students may request an additional loan to cover this fee when needed by e-mailing the Office of Financial Aid at med-finaid@tufts.edu. This fee covers refreshments during the opening reception as well as breakfast and lunch during students’ time in Boston.

How much is the enrollment deposit?

A $500 deposit is required to confirm your enrollment at Tufts. This payment is nonrefundable and will be applied to your first-semester charges.

Can I use financial aid to cover the deposit?

Because funds will not be disbursed until after the semester begins, federal financial aid cannot be used to pay the deposit.

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The FAFSA and the Financial Aid Application Process

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for federal student aid (FSA), you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be accepted into the program. Please include Tufts school code E00520 to ensure that we will receive your application. Do not wait until you are admitted to apply for financial assistance. Having a complete financial aid application on file when you are admitted ensures that we will be able to review your application quickly and notify you of your eligibility shortly after your admission.

Are there any school-specific supplemental financial aid forms I need to complete?

There is an institutional form that is required in addition to the FAFSA. It is located in the “How to Apply for Aid” section, under the application materials dropdown. Additionally, if you wish to accept the loan(s) that are offered to you, you will need to complete Entrance Counseling (Graduate Student) and the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN) for both the Direct Unsubsidized Loan and the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Last, you must return a signed and dated copy of your Financial Aid Award Notice (FAN) accepting or declining the aid offered.

When should I complete the FAFSA?

If you are planning to use federal student aid, you should complete the FAFSA while applying for admission. The FAFSA is available every October for the upcoming academic year. You must complete the FAFSA each academic year in order to be eligible for federal student aid. Do not submit federal or state income tax returns to Tufts; they are not required and will be shredded upon receipt.

Refer to the chart below to determine which FAFSA to complete based on your desired start date:

StartTermFAFSA Year
May 2021Summer2021-2022
September 2021Fall2021-2022
January 2022Spring2021-2022

What information do I need to complete the FAFSA?

To complete the FAFSA, you will need the following:

  • Social Security number (SSN)
  • Alien registration number (if you aren’t a U.S. citizen)
  • Federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically

Note: Since you are applying for graduate school, you are considered an independent student and do not need your parents’ information to complete the FAFSA.

What criteria are used to determine eligibility for federal student aid?

In order to apply for federal student aid, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid SSN
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you’re male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree program
  • Be enrolled at least half time in an eligible program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Not currently be in default on previous student loans borrowed through FSA
  • Not have exceeded the maximum aggregate loan limit

Note: The Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Direct Graduate PLUS Loan are not based on income or financial need. The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan has additional credit requirements.

Are there citizenship requirements I must meet to receive federal financial aid?

You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen to receive federal financial aid. If you receive a notification from the government on Student Aid Report (SAR) that they were unable to confirm your citizenship, you must submit proof of citizenship (such as a copy of a U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate, or naturalization document) to med-finaid@tufts.edu.

What is the minimum number of credits required to receive federal student aid?

You must be officially registered at least half time to receive federal financial aid.

Enrollment StatusMinimum Credits per termAid eligible?
Full time9Yes
Half time4.5Yes
Part time1.5No

Are there academic requirements I must meet to receive financial aid?

Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The Registrar’s Office, in conjunction with the Office of Financial Aid, will monitor SAP at the end of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Written notification will be sent to students placed on Financial Aid Warning, Financial Aid Probation, Financial Aid Termination, and Financial Aid Reinstatement if making SAP status. A change in program will not affect a student’s SAP standing. Students who are requesting re-entry into the university will return with the SAP status calculated at the time of withdrawal. Students requesting admission into a new degree program after graduation will begin as a first-term student with a new SAP history.

Will I be able to view my award before submitting the deposit?

Yes, to receive a financial aid award, you must be accepted into the program and have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with Tufts school code E00520 and complete a Tufts Institutional Application that includes enrollment plans. All Financial Aid Award Notices are sent electronically to your e-mail address on file at Tufts and will be available for viewing on SIS.

When will I receive my financial aid award?

You should receive your financial aid award approximately two weeks after you are accepted into the program and have completed your FAFSA and Tufts Institutional Application. Financial aid awards are sent to your preferred e-mail address on file at Tufts.

Do I need to reapply for financial aid each year?

Yes, if you are interested in receiving federal financial aid, you will need to complete the FAFSA for each academic year in which you plan to apply for federal student aid. The academic year runs from July 1 to June 30, so be sure you complete the correct FAFSA available.

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Types of Financial Aid

What types of financial aid or funding are available for graduate students?

Below are the sources of funding that may be available to you. Refer to the specific section for more information.

1 Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply.Return to footnote reference

Why am I not eligible for the Pell Grant or Federal Direct Subsidized Loan?

The Department of Education awards Federal Pell Grants and subsidized loans only to eligible undergraduate students who have not yet completed their bachelor’s degree and who demonstrate financial need. Graduate students are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant nor the Direct Subsidized Loan.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

What is the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan?

The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan is a federal loan offered to students to help with the cost of education. The Federal Unsubsidized Loan is not based on income or financial need.

How do I apply for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?

To apply for a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How much am I eligible for with the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?

Most graduate-level students are eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year with the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Graduate students enrolled in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program are typically eligible to receive up to $33,000 per academic year. Learn more about graduate annual loan limits.

How do I accept the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?

To accept the loan, you return a signed and dated copy of your Financial Aid Award Notice (FAN) accepting or declining the aid offered. Additionally, you must complete both the Entrance Counseling (Graduate) and the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN). We will not be able to process your loan funds until these requirements have been met.

Am I required to accept the full amount that I am offered on my award letter?

No, you always have the option of accepting all aid awarded, reducing amounts awarded, or declining all aid awarded. The form must be printed and scanned, as a signature is required. You must sign, date, and accept/decline aid awarded on the Financial Aid Award Notice (FAN), and return a copy to med-finaid@tufts.edu.

What if I am currently in default or have defaulted on a prior federal student loan?

Visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and contact your lender for details on how to clear the default. Students in default are not eligible for additional federal loans until the default is cleared.

What is the aggregate loan limit?

The aggregate loan limit is the total amount that you may borrow for undergraduate and graduate study. In addition to annual loan limits, students are also limited in terms of lifetime borrowing. The aggregate loan limit for most graduate students using Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans, including undergraduate and graduate study, is $138,500. However, students enrolled in the MPH program have an aggregate limit of $224,000. You can learn more about aggregate loan limits on the Federal Student Aid website.

How do I find out if I am near my aggregate loan limit?

You may visit the National Student Loan Data System website to view your federal student loan borrowing history. Please note that private education loans are not listed on this site and do not count toward your aggregate limit.

What is the difference between a Direct Unsubsidized Loan and a Direct Subsidized Loan?

Direct Subsidized Loans are available to undergraduate students with financial need. The U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on subsidized loans while students are enrolled in their undergraduate program. The Direct Unsubsidized Loan is available to undergraduate and graduate students; there is no requirement to demonstrate financial need. The unsubsidized loan begins accruing interest as soon as funds are disbursed. Learn more about the difference between unsubsidized and subsidized loans.

What is the current Direct Unsubsidized Loan interest rate?

The Direct Unsubsidized Loan interest rate is determined at the beginning of each academic year and is available on the Federal Student Aid website.

Other than interest, are there any additional loan fees for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?

Yes, the federal government charges an origination fee, which is a percentage of the loan amount and is proportionately deducted from each loan disbursement. Information on loan origination fees can be found on the Interest Rates and Fees page of the Federal Student Aid website.

When will my loan disburse to my student account?

Your loans will appear as a pending credit on your student account until the funds are disbursed. We will begin disbursing your federal loans after the add/drop period (third week of the semester). To request loan funds, you must have returned a signed/dated copy of your Financial Aid Award Notice (FAN) accepting/declining aid and completed your Entrance Counseling (Graduate) and the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN).

Federal Direct PLUS Loan

What is the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is a federal loan that graduate or professional degree students can use to help pay for education expenses in addition to the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Learn about Direct PLUS Loans.

Tufts University School of Medicine does not use the GradPLUS Approval process on studentaid.gov. However, prospective students can securely submit their financial aid documents via the Tufts Box website.

How do I apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

To accept the loan, you must return a signed and dated copy of your Financial Aid Award Notice (FAN) accepting or declining the aid offered. Additionally, you must complete the Graduate PLUS Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN). Please note: In order to use the Graduate PLUS Loan to pay your Tufts bill, these requirements should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the billing due date. Once the loan has been approved, funds will automatically credit (minus fees) to the student account.

What are the eligibility criteria to apply for the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is based on credit history. In order to be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Have a valid SSN
  • Be registered with Selective Service if you’re male (you must register between the ages of 18 and 25)
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree program
  • Be enrolled at least half time in an eligible program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Not currently be in default on previous student loans borrowed through FSA
  • Not have exceeded the maximum aggregate loan limit
  • Not have an adverse credit history 

What are the credit criteria to receive the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

One of the eligibility requirements to receive a Graduate PLUS Loan is that you must not have an adverse credit history. A credit check is performed to determine whether a Graduate PLUS Loan applicant meets this requirement. A list of what constitutes “adverse credit history” can be found on the Federal Student Aid website.

Does the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan affect my aggregate loan limit?

No. Only Direct Subsidized/Direct Unsubsidized Loans (formerly referred to as Stafford Loans) and federal loans made through the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program count toward your aggregate loan limit.

How much can I borrow from the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

If approved for the Graduate PLUS Loan, you can borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other financial aid received. The cost of attendance includes tuition and fees as well as allowances for indirect expenses such as books, supplies, and cost of living.

What are my options if I’m denied the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan?

If you are denied the Graduate PLUS Loan, you may reapply with an endorser or follow the instructions on the Department of Education’s website to appeal the denial.

What is the Direct Graduate PLUS Loan current interest rate?

The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan interest rate is determined at the beginning of each academic year, and is available on the Federal Student Aid website.

Other than interest, are there any additional loan fees for the Direct Unsubsidized Loan?

Yes, the federal government charges an origination fee, which is a percentage of the loan amount and is proportionately deducted from each loan disbursement. Information on loan origination fees can be found on the Interest Rates and Fees page of the Federal Student Aid website.

When will my loan disburse to my student account?

Your loans will appear as a pending credit on your student account until the funds are disbursed. We will begin disbursing your federal loans after the add/drop period (third week of the semester). To request your loan funds, you must have returned a signed/dated copy of your Financial Aid Award Notice (FAN) accepting/declining aid and completed your Entrance Counseling and the Loan Agreement Master Promissory Note (MPN).

Private Education Loans

What are private loans?

Private education loans, also known as alternative loans, are offered by private lenders to help students pay for their educational expenses. While most students are able to pay all educational expenses using federal loans, some students opt to borrow private loans instead. Make sure you understand the fees, interest rate, and repayment terms before choosing private loans, as these will vary among lenders. You should also confirm whether the loan has a variable or fixed interest rate, the length of repayment, deferment and forbearance options, and when the loan enters repayment (also referred to as the grace period). While some private loans may offer comparable terms to federal loans, we have found that the deferment, forbearance, and grace periods can vary and may not offer as much flexibility as federal loans provide.

Are there any private loans that Tufts recommends?

No, students may borrow from any private lender they would like. You simply select the lender of your choice and apply directly with that lender. The lender will be responsible for getting your loan information to us.

Employer Benefits

How does my employer go about paying the school?

Tufts does not apply employer tuition benefits as a pending credit on your account, because the receipt is not controlled by the university. Please provide the Office of the Bursar with the following:

  1. An award letter
  2. Official notice as to how and when the funds will be received
  3. Instructions on how to bill if “third party billing” is required by the sponsoring organization 

If you require a bill to be sent to a third party or outside agency (such as government agencies) for payment to your student account, submit written documentation from the funding source to thirdpartybilling@tufts.edu or the address below:

Student Financial Services
Attention: Third Party Billing
Dowling Hall
419 Boston Ave.
Medford, MA 02155

Unfortunately, employee benefits that are paid directly to the student from employers or organizations outside of Tufts University cannot be considered as grounds for deferred payment.

Military Education Benefits

How do I apply for military education benefits?

To begin the process of applying for military education benefits for which you are eligible, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website. Guidance related to using benefits while enrolled at Tufts University is available on Tufts U.S. Military Veterans Benefits website.

What documents are required to process military education benefits?

Visit the Veterans Affairs website to complete the education benefits application, which generates a request for the Certificate of Eligibility (COE). Once approved for benefits, the VA will mail the COE to you six to eight weeks after submitting the application.

What is the current tuition and fee payment rate and monthly housing allowance (MHA)?

The tuition and fee payment rate and MHA are determined at the beginning of each military academic year on Aug. 1. The current rate table is located on the Education and Training page of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs site.

Does the online Master of Public Health program participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP)?

Tufts University School of Medicine and its public health programs do not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Who can I contact at Tufts for questions about using military education benefits?

Our dedicated professional and peer staff is here to assist you in making a smooth transition to our university. Please contact Carol Duffey at (617) 636-6568 or Janice Gilkes at (617) 636-2954. 

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Billing Policies & Payment Options 

When will I receive a tuition bill, and when is payment due?

You will receive an e-mail notice to your Tufts e-mail account whenever a Tufts eBill is posted. Our normal billing schedule is that summer eBill statements are released beginning in early April with an early May due date, the fall eBill statement is released beginning in early July with an early August due date, and the spring eBill statement is released beginning in early November with an early December due date.

How do I view my bill?

To view your bill, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to your SIS account.
  2. Click on the “Bills & Balances” tab.
  3. Select “My eBill” or “Make Payment.”

Note: Your eBill is a snapshot at a point in time. You can see live account information through your SIS portal.

How do I pay my bill?

In addition to federal and private loans, you can pay your bill through the following methods:

  • Electronic payment (from a savings or checking account) through your eBill (preferred method)
  • Mailing a check to Tufts University School of Medicine, Office of the Bursar, 136 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02111. Scholarship checks should be mailed to Tufts University School of Medicine, Office of Financial Aid, 136 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02111.
  • Monthly payment plan offered by CASHNet. There are five monthly payments per semester (fall: May–September, spring: October–February). The payment plan is not offered for the summer semester.
  • Wire transfers through Flywire
  • Federal student loans (see section on Types of Financial Aid)
  • Private education loans (see section on Private Education Loans)

Note: Tufts does not accept credit card payments.

Does Tufts offer payment plan options for this online program?

As an alternative to—or in addition to—borrowing funds, you may choose to participate in the monthly payment plan administered by CASHNet. Under this plan, you may budget all or a portion of your semester tuition over five monthly installments. Fall semester payments are made May 15–September 15. Spring semester payments are made October 15–February 15. The payment plan is not available for summer enrollment. The monthly payment plan has a small enrollment fee but no interest charges. To enroll, go to CASHNet.

What are the consequences if my bill is not paid by the bill due date?

To be in good standing with Tufts, you must pay your balance by the bill due date. Payments not made by the due date will be subject to account holds (which may prevent you from adjusting your course registration and/or using the university’s services) and monthly late fees.

Can I borrow additional funds for books and/or living expenses?

Yes, you can borrow additional funds in excess of your charges at Tufts to cover books and/or other living expenses. If you have financial aid in excess of your charges, you can request a refund through your SIS account. We encourage you to sign up for BankMobile (through SIS), a company Tufts has partnered with that will transfer your refund into your bank account of choice. If you do not enroll for BankMobile, a check will be mailed to you and may take up to 21 days to be processed.

Refunds will not be available until after the add/drop period, so you may need to plan in advance for any out-of-pocket expenses such as books, living expenses, and/or immersion fees.

How do refunds work?

Refunds will be issued automatically, approximately four weeks after the start of the semester. Tufts University issues all student account credits through electronic disbursement. In order to avoid a delay in receiving your refund, you must select a refund disbursement method through Tufts eRefund (BankMobile).

You will need:

  • Access to your SIS account
  • Your personal bank account information (account number and routing number)

Your refund account can be set up with BankMobile by logging in to your SIS account. Go to the “Bills & Balances” tab in SIS, click on “Manage eRefund” and choose from several refund options. You will be asked to create a login for future use during the initial setup. Learn more about this service and Tufts’ contract with BankMobile.

What is the Title IV Authorization?

Federal regulations require that we refund to you all federal aid in excess of allowable charges (tuition and mandatory fees). Go to SIS to complete Title IV Authorization. Once completed, we can apply your federal aid to all of your charges, such as medical insurance, parking fines, and other miscellaneous charges. It will help prevent outstanding balances from remaining on your account after a refund is processed. We recommend students complete the Title IV Authorization by the bill due date of their first semester of enrollment. The authorization does not need to be completed every semester.

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Loan Deferment and Repayment

Do I have to repay my student loans while I’m in school?

You can defer payment on your federal students loans if you are enrolled at least half time. Your Direct Unsubsidized Loan and Graduate PLUS Loan will enter repayment six months after you graduate, fall below half-time status, take a leave of absence, or withdraw from the program. Most private loans also have deferred payment options while you are in school; however, you will want to check with your loan servicer.

You should be aware that although you can defer payments while you are in school, interest will still accrue on your loan(s).

When do I have to repay my loan?

After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you will have a six-month grace period before you are required to begin repayment. During this period, you will receive repayment information from your loan servicer, and you will be notified of your first payment due date. Payments are due monthly. You are not required to pay while in school (although interest will accrue); however, if you choose to, there is no penalty to prepay. Learn more about repayment timelines.

What are the repayment plan options, and how do I select one?

TThe Department of Education (ED) offers multiple options for repayment. You may visit the ED website for more information on loan repayment plans.

Is there a repayment calculator or estimator that I can use?

Yes, visit the ED website for repayment estimators.

Can I consolidate my graduate loans and my undergraduate loans?

A Direct Consolidation Loan allows you to consolidate (combine) multiple federal education loans into one loan including both graduate and undergraduate loans. The result is a single monthly payment instead of multiple payments. Learn more about loan consolidation.

What loan repayment forgiveness or assistance programs are available?

In certain circumstances, all or a portion of a borrower’s federal student loans may be forgiven under the federal government’s loan forgiveness programs. Review the ED website for more information on federal loan forgiveness programs.

Tufts University allows qualifying graduates to apply for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) annually. Each year, the LRAP offers financial awards to eligible Tufts graduates who borrowed educational loans through Tufts and are employed full time by a public-sector or nonprofit organization. The purpose of the LRAP is to encourage and enable Tufts graduates to pursue careers in public service by reducing the extent to which their educational debt is a barrier to working in comparatively low-salaried jobs in the nonprofit and public sectors. More information about the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) may be found here.

LRAP should not be confused with loan forgiveness, as award amounts are made to assist in the repayment of a portion of the award recipient’s annual loan payments.

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Tax Benefits for Education

How do I qualify for a tuition tax credit?

For details on tax benefits for education, see IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Higher Education, which provides detailed information. Tufts University is unable to provide tax advice. We urge you to contact your tax advisor or the IRS at 800-829-1040 or on the IRS website if you have any questions regarding the HOPE or Lifetime Learning Tax Credits.

What is the 1098-T Form?

It is an informational form filed with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to report the amounts billed to you for qualified tuition, related expenses, and other related information. The primary purpose of the IRS Form 1098‐T is to inform you that we have provided this required information to the IRS.

What information is included in the 1098-T Form?

Form 1098-T reports amounts paid for qualified tuition, scholarship and grants processed in the previous academic year, to students enrolled in courses at Tufts for which they receive academic credit. The information reported on the 1098-T form helps students evaluate whether he or she is eligible for an educational tax credit.

For more information visit the 1098-T Tax Information page.

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Financial Ramifications of Withdrawing

What is my financial obligation if I withdraw from the program?

If a student completely withdraws from school during a semester and before 60 percent of the semester has passed, federal regulations require that a school determine the percentage of any federal aid received that is earned. The amount of aid earned is calculated by multiplying the total net amount of federal aid for the semester by the percentage of the term for which the student was enrolled before withdrawing. If the amount of aid earned is less than the amount of aid already disbursed to the student, a repayment may be required. If the aid disbursed was used to pay institutional charges (i.e., tuition), the portion of the unearned aid will be repaid by Tufts School of Medicine (TUSM) in the order prescribed by federal regulations; first to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans then to Federal Direct GradPLUS Loans.

Please note that your tuition liability remains as described above, according to the TUSM Refund Policy. If federal loan money used to pay tuition must be returned to the lender according to the federal regulations, then any balance due remaining on the student’s account becomes the student’s responsibility. The student is responsible for repayment of any unearned living expense money from federal aid refunded prior to the withdrawal. If the total amount of this repayment comes from loans, then the student may make this repayment under the original terms of the loan. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information on this policy.

Who can I consult with if I am considering withdrawing?

Students considering permanent withdrawal from the school must submit a completed Withdrawal Form to the Public Health and Professional Degree Programs Registrar. The effective date of the withdrawal for tuition refund purposes will be the last date of attendance.

Students are required to meet with either their program director or advisor to discuss their plans. In addition, students must meet with representatives from the Student Advisory and Health Administration Office, and Bursar’s Office, prior to withdrawal.

Students should inquire with the financial aid office if they are considering withdrawing to determine the effects on their federal loans. Students will be expected to pay any outstanding balance owed to TUSM immediately. If that creates a hardship, the student should make a payment arrangement with the bursar immediately. Students will not be permitted to return until the balance is paid in full or a satisfactory repayment obligation has been arranged with the bursar. Students would be required to do an exit interview online at the Federal Student Aid website.

How do I apply for a Leave of Absence?

The Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Programs (PHPD) understands that students may need to request a leave of absence (LOA) to attend to pressing matters outside of school. Students may need to take a LOA for medical, mental health, personal, family-related, programmatic, or administrative reasons. Because each student’s situation and circumstances is different, PHPD assesses each LOA request on an individualized, case-by-case basis.

How long is my LOA going to be?

LOAs can be for any duration of time up to a maximum of one year (and in cases of documented medical leaves, up to a maximum of two years). For continuity, most LOAs coincide with the PHPD academic schedule. Each LOA request will be evaluated individually by the assistant dean for student services to determine the conditions of the leave, including an appropriate duration of time, effective date, and return date.

How will my LOA affect my enrollment status?

To allow students to attend to their personal circumstances, PHPD treats LOAs as a period of nonenrollment. As a result, student borrowers may have their loans go into repayment during this period.

How do I request an LOA?

To request an LOA, submit a completed PHPD Leave Request form to the registrar prior to the start of the LOA. We recommend that students complete these forms as soon as possible. Students must meet with the assistant dean for student services and obtain their signature on the form as part of that leave request process.

How will my LOA impact my financial aid and health insurance?

Prior to taking an LOA, financial aid recipients are required to meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss the impact the LOA will have on their financial aid status and possible loan repayment requirements.

What types of LOAs are acceptable?

There are three types of LOAs: personal, medical, and administrative. A personal LOA enables a student in good academic standing to take advantage of a professional opportunity, for a military commitment or for personal reasons (e.g., family emergency, or other unforeseen circumstances). For a medical LOA, students must provide documentation from their health care provider supporting their request for a medical leave and a second opinion from an administratively approved physician may be required. The purpose of the medical leave is to enable students to seek treatment for a health-related condition that interferes with their access to the program.

The term of the leave is for a period of up to one year. The leave may be extended for up to a second and final year, based upon the recommendation of the student’s treating physician. Administrative LOA students may be placed on administrative leave as a result of action taken by the Student Ethics and Promotions Committee or by the dean of PHPD in the circumstances that a student’s continued enrollment poses a risk to the health and safety of themselves or others or causes a significant disruption to members of the TUSM community. Students who have been placed on LOA for administrative reasons must meet the stated conditions of return.

What do I need to do when I want to return from an LOA?

A student on a medical LOA must provide documentation from their physician certifying that they have been medically cleared to return. A student on a personal leave of absence who seeks re-entry into the school must notify the Office of Student Services for Public Health & Professional Degree Programs in writing at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester. A student on an administrative leave of absence who seeks re-entry into the school must provide the required documentation as outlined by the dean of PHPD and/or the Student Ethics and Promotions Committee. The final decision as to whether a student may re-enter the curriculum resides with the dean of PHPD and/or the Student Ethics and Promotions Committee, whichever is appropriate given their situation.

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Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding the costs of the program, financial aid, or your options to pay, our contact information is below:

Office of Financial Aid
Email: med-finaid@tufts.edu
Telephone: 617-636-6574
Fax: 617-636-3447

Office of the Bursar
Email: hsbursar@tufts.edu
Telephone: 617-636-6551

Office of the Registrar
Email: phpdregistrar@tufts.edu
Telephone: 617-636-2954

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