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What is the best way to pay for vet school?

Asked La Vista, Nebraska

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Katy’s Answer

Updated Minneapolis, Minnesota
If you can, get a lower level job in the field with benefits that include education. Often employers will pay a set amount for you to go to school while you work.

Belinda’s Answer


The best way to plan your future and pay for vet school is to begin by writing your goals down on paper.  Also, break the goals down to smaller achievable steps.  Submit an application for a grant to get you started to see what is available for you.   Once you are notified that you are approved and what you are responsible to pay then you can map out your plan and create a budget for yourself.  It is important to stay focused on meeting your budget, check your progress and seek employment with a vet that will allow you to do on the job training.  This will allow you to make sure you continue to have the passion that you have now.  Check in on your goal as well.  Write down what you plan to be doing in 1 year, 2 years and 5 years setting a time limit on how long you will stay in this position and ultimately achieve this goal. 

Belinda recommends the following next steps:

  • Volunteer at a vets office close by to get an idea what the job entails.
  • Apply for a grant to assist in paying for your education.
  • Speak to a guidance counselor there at your school to assist in planning how you will pay for the remainder of your school.
  • Create clear and concise steps you will take to achieve your goal breaking down the tasks to small achievable tasks.
  • Monitor your progress and evaluate where you see yourself in 1 year, 2 years and 5 years from now.

Rachelle’s Answer

Updated Eureka, California

Hello! Great question! As an undergraduate, you would apply to college as a pre-vet major. Depending on your financial situation, you would qualify for grants (which you don't pay back) & loans through your application with FASFA. There are also scholarships to help you. Once you get into vet school, most graduate courses are paid through loans (again through FASFA). Hope this helped!

Rachelle recommends the following next steps:

  • Apply/Admitted to College
  • Apply for FASFA

Ann Marie’s Answer


Paying for school is easily one of the most challenging things people face. I'm not sure where you are in the process (either still in high school or already working your way through college) so I'm going to start at the beginning and you can skip to the parts that are relevant. Good luck to you! A good vet is hard to find!

Ann Marie recommends the following next steps:

  • First, always make sure to do your FAFSA as early as possible. The FAFSA determines how much of your tuition is your responsibility and how much of it is the school's responsibility to help you out. Some schools may be able to meet all your need, some may suggest loans. The earlier you have that filed, the better chance you have of schools having scholarships and grants as opposed to loans to offer you,
  • Next, make sure to register with a scholarship search engine that will inbox you appropriate scholarships. Fastweb is one of these: you answer questions about your background and experience (among other things) and it will inbox you scholarships that match your profile. Apply for ALL of them. I know many a student who puts their tuition together on fastweb, one $200 scholarship at a time.
  • (To keep track of your scholarships, you might want to consider creating an email just for this, rather than take a chance that something might be overlooked in your own inbox.)
  • And finally, make sure to apply directly to the school you're attending or considering. Many schools have school only aide and you can find that listed on the financial aid section of their website. Some schools will offer free rides to students who meet a specific GPA and SAT/ACT score, some will offer additional merit or need based scholarships, but deadlines vary. Sometimes a student must apply for those grants and scholarships before they even find out if they're accepted. Apply early and hopefully you'll have a financial aid package at the same time you have an acceptance letter.
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