Sallie Mae® Medical School Loan

Pay for your medical degree expenses in allopathic, general, osteopathic, podiatric, radiology, sports, and veterinary medicine
Fixed rates
4.25% APR
to 14.46% APRfootnote 1
Variable rates
5.37% APR
to 14.96% APRfootnote 1
Lowest rates shown include the auto debit discount. Only the most credit-worthy applicants who choose the interest repayment option may receive the lowest rate.

Designed for your medical school needs, with 0% origination fee

coverage

of all your school-certified expenses like tuition, fees, books, housing, meals, travel, and even a laptop.footnote 2

95 

approval rate

of students who've been approved for a Graduate Medical Loan with a cosigner were approved again when they returned with a cosigner the following year.footnote 3

months of deferment

during your residency and fellowship.footnote 4

interest‑only payments

for eligible borrowers after the grace period for repayment flexibility.footnote 5

month grace period

to support you during your medical career.footnote 6

Tip for borrowers

You can apply only once for the money you need for the entire school year. Funds will be sent for each term as requested by your school.

Learn about how much to borrow

Choose the loan option that works for you

Fixed rate: 4.25% - 14.46% APRfootnote 1
Lowest rate shown includes auto debit discount. Get predictable monthly payments with a rate that doesn't change over time.

Variable rate: 5.37% - 14.96% APRfootnote 1
Lowest rate shown includes auto debit discount. Your interest rate can rise or fall as the market index changes, so your Medical School Loan payments may vary over time.

Pay later
Deferred repayment option: Make no payments while you're in school and in grace (36 months after leaving school).footnote 1 With this Medical School Loan repayment option, you'll likely pay more for your total student loan cost, since the interest rate may be higher and unpaid interest will be added to your principal amount at the end of your grace period.

Pay a little and save
Fixed repayment option: Pay $25 every month.footnote 7 Choose the Fixed Repayment Option and receive an interest rate that is .25 percentage points lower than the Deferred Repayment Option.footnote 8 While your total loan cost will typically be less than with our deferred repayment option, unpaid interest will be added to your principal amount at the end of your grace period.

Pay interest and save even more
Interest repayment option: Pay your Medical School Loan interest every month you're in school and in grace. Choose the Interest Repayment Option and receive an interest rate that is .50 percentage points lower than the Deferred Repayment Option.footnote 8 Your total loan cost will likely be lower than with the other repayment options, but your Law School Loan payments will likely be larger while you're in school and in grace.

Benefit from these features

  • Returning students can save time with a streamlined application.footnote 3
  • Lower your total loan cost—get a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction when you enroll in and make monthly payments by auto debit.footnote 9
  • Pay no origination fee or penalty for paying off your Medical School Loan before its due date.footnote 10
  • You can apply to release your cosigner after you graduate, make 12 on-time, principal and interest payments and meet certain credit requirements.footnote 11
  • Pay for all your residency expenses with a single lender. With the Sallie Mae Medical Residency and Relocation Loan you can borrow up to $30,000 to cover your travel and relocation costs.

The Medical School Loan vs the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan

After you explore federal loans, you may find the Sallie Mae Medical School loan to be a good alternative to the Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, and if you're highly qualified, you may receive a lower interest rate.footnote 12

Sallie Mae Medical School Loan

Direct Grad PLUS Loanfootnote 13

No origination fee

Available for less than half-time enrollment

Offers variable interest rates

Offers fixed interest rates

36-month grace period

Deferred repayment option

Interest and fixed repayment options

Rate reduction for auto debit enrollment

Get the help you need during your medical residency or fellowship


A deferment may help you postpone or reduce your Medical School Loan payments during your residency. It's available in increments of 12 months, up to a total of 48 months.footnote 4

Find out about a residency and fellowship deferment

 

Our Medical Residency and Relocation Loan can help you pay for expenses associated with board examinations, interview travel, and moving costs.

Learn about the Medical Residency and Relocation Loan

Applying is easy

Provide some basic info

Give some details about yourself and your school.

Choose your options

After you're approved, pick the repayment option and interest rate type that will suit your budget and timeframe.

Accept your loan

Review, sign and accept your loan documentation. We'll take care of the rest with your school.

Have questions or need help applying?

Call us at

877-279-7172
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footnote Borrow responsibly
We encourage students and families to start with savings, grants, scholarships, and federal student loans to pay for college. Students and families should evaluate all anticipated monthly loan payments, and how much the student expects to earn in the future, before considering a private student loan.

footnote Medical School Loans are for graduate students in an M.D., D.O., D.V.M., V.M.D., or D.P.M. program at participating degree-granting schools and are subject to credit approval, identity verification, signed loan documents, and school certification. Graduate Certificate/Continuing Education coursework is not eligible. Student or cosigner must meet the age of majority in their state of residence. Students who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents must reside in the U.S., attend school in the U.S., apply with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident), and provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID. Requested loan amount must be at least $1,000.

footnote 1. Advertised APRs for Medical School Loan and Dental School Loan assume a $10,000 loan with a 4-year in-school period. Interest rates for variable rate loans may increase or decrease over the life of the loan based on changes to the 30-day Average Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) rounded up to the nearest one-eighth of one percent.  Advertised variable rates are the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Interest is charged starting when funds are sent to the school. With the Fixed and Deferred Repayment Options, the interest rate is higher than with the Interest Repayment Option and Unpaid Interest is added to the loan’s Current Principal at the end of the grace/separation period. To receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate discount, the borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae. The discount applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month. It may be suspended during forbearance or deferment.

footnote 2. For applications submitted directly to Sallie Mae, loan amount cannot exceed the cost of attendance less financial aid received, as certified by the school. Applications submitted to Sallie Mae through a partner website may be subjected to a lower maximum loan request amount. Miscellaneous personal expenses (such as a laptop) may be included in the cost of attendance for students enrolled at least half-time.

footnote 3. Students must apply for a new loan each school year. Sallie Mae loans cover enrollment periods of up to 12 months. This approval percentage is based on students who were approved for this Sallie Mae loan product with a cosigner in the 2021/22 school year and were approved again when they returned with the same or new cosigner in 2022/23. It does not include the number of denied applications of students who were ultimately approved in 2022/23.

footnote 4. To apply for this deferment, customers and an official from the internship, clerkship, fellowship, or residency program must complete and submit a deferment form  to us for consideration. If approved, deferment periods are issued in up to 12-month increments. Customers can apply for and receive a maximum of four 12-month deferment periods. Interest is charged during the deferment period and Unpaid Interest may be added to the Current Principal at the end of each deferment period, which will increase the Total Loan Cost.

footnote 5. GRP allows interest-only payments for the initial 12-month period of repayment when the loan would normally begin requiring full principal and interest payments or during the 12-month period after GRP request is granted, whichever is later. At the time of GRP request, the loan must be current. The borrower may request GRP only during the six billing periods immediately preceding and the twelve billing periods immediately after the loan would normally begin requiring full principal and interest payments. GRP does not extend the loan term. If approved for GRP, the Current Amount Due that is required to be paid each month after the GRP ends will be higher than it otherwise would have been without GRP, and the total loan cost will increase.

footnote 6. Payments may be required during the grace period depending on the in-school repayment option selected by the student or cosigner.

footnote 7. Example of a typical transaction for a $10,000 Law School Loan with the most common fixed rate, Fixed Repayment Option, and two disbursements. For borrowers with a 42-month in-school and separation period, it works out to 11.44% fixed APR, 42 payments of $25.00, 179 payments of $155.95 and one payment of $57.28, for a total loan cost of $29,022.33. Loans that are subject to a $50 minimum principal and interest payment amount may receive a loan term that is less than 15 years. A variable APR may increase over the life of the loan. A fixed APR will not.

footnote 8. Advertised APRs for Law School Loan assume a $10,000 loan with a 3-year in-school period. Interest rates for variable rate loans may increase or decrease over the life of the loan based on changes to the 30-day Average Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) rounded up to the nearest one-eighth of one percent.  Advertised variable rates are the starting range of rates and may vary outside of that range over the life of the loan. Interest is charged starting when funds are sent to the school. With the Fixed and Deferred Repayment Options, the interest rate is higher than with the Interest Repayment Option and Unpaid Interest is added to the loan’s Current Principal at the end of the grace/separation period. To receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate discount, the borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae. The discount applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month. It may be suspended during forbearance or deferment.

footnote 9. The borrower or cosigner must enroll in auto debit through Sallie Mae to receive a 0.25 percentage point interest rate reduction benefit. This benefit applies only during active repayment for as long as the Current Amount Due or Designated Amount is successfully withdrawn from the authorized bank account each month. It may be suspended during forbearance or deferment. 

footnote 10. Although we do not charge a penalty or fee if you prepay your loan, any prepayment will be applied as outlined in your promissory note—first to Unpaid Fees and costs, then to Unpaid Interest, and then to Current Principal. 

footnote 11. Only the borrower may apply for cosigner release. To do so, they must first meet the age of majority in their state and provide proof of graduation (or completion of certification program), income, and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency (if their status has changed since they applied). In the last 12 months, the borrower can’t have been past due on any loans serviced by Sallie Mae for 30 or more days or enrolled in any hardship forbearances or modified repayment programs. In addition, the borrower must have paid ahead or made 12 on-time principal and interest payments on each loan requested for release. The loan can’t be past due when the cosigner release application is processed. The borrower must also demonstrate the ability to assume full responsibility of the loan(s) individually and pass a credit review when the cosigner release application is processed that demonstrates a satisfactory credit history including but not limited to no: bankruptcy, foreclosure, student loan(s) in default or 90-day delinquencies in the last 24 months. Requirements are subject to change. 

footnote 12. Explore federal loans and compare to make sure you understand the terms and features. Private student loans that have variable rates can go up over the life of the loan. Federal student loans are required by law to provide a range of flexible repayment options, including, but not limited to, income-based repayment and income-contingent repayment plans, and loan forgiveness and deferment benefits, which other student loans are not required to provide. Federal loans generally have origination fees, but are available to students regardless of income.

footnote 13. Federal student loan information was gathered on 3/5/2024 from studentaid.ed.gov.

footnote Sallie Mae loans are made by Sallie Mae Bank.

footnote Information advertised valid as of 6/21/2024.

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