Affording SMU

We’re committed to providing a high-quality and affordable health sciences education.

Your Future, Today > Return on Your Investment 

A Samuel Merritt University education is within your reach. We strive to make sure our programs are as affordable as possible, no matter what your background or financial situation. More than 86 percent of our students receive financial aid to assist with tuition, fees, and living expenses. 

We offer students a range of financial aid and payment options, including federal grants, loans, and need- and merit-based SMU scholarships. Based on your demonstrated financial need and other eligibility requirements, you may qualify for multiple means of assistance. 

Return on Your Investment 

An SMU education is an excellent value. Throughout our long history, our graduates have entered high-paying careers, and this success allows them to comfortably pay back any student loans. In fact, SMU’s federal loan default rate is less than 1 percent since 2008.  To see date on the national student loan default rate, you can view information here.


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Financial Aid & Scholarships

From grants and loans to work-study and payment plans, you may be eligible for several types of need- and merit-based financial assistance. In addition, we encourage students to research scholarship opportunities, including program-specific and culture and need-based awards. 

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Tuition & Fees

Take a look at a breakdown of costs by program. See Details