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Tuition Policies

Read below for policies on tuition, payments, refunds and more from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

General Information

  • SLU School of Medicine enrolls students in a single-term academic year

  • One credit hour is full-time for the term

  • The standard number of credit hours for the academic year is 36

  • Students will pay the full-time rate for each term they are enrolled

Medical students at Saint Louis University School of Medicine who progress through the curriculum in the usual manner will pay four years of tuition, which is billed twice annually to accommodate federal aid regulations. There are several payment options students may utilize. More information is available on the student financial services website below.

Payment Option Information

All medical students are expected to comply with the University’s tuition payment schedule as published on the student financial services website and listed on the billing statement. Any student who fails to meet the University’s announced deadline for the initial tuition payment will be subject to a hold placed on their student account and incur finance charges.

All medical students must promptly satisfy the University’s registration requirements as a condition of continued enrollment in the School of Medicine.

Graduating students must satisfy all tuition and other financial obligations to the University before their degree will be conferred, i.e., health insurance, etc. Students who either withdraw or transfer must also satisfy all tuition and financial obligations to the University before the finalization of the changed status.

Outstanding tuition balances remaining at the end of the academic year must be paid in full no later than June 1 of each year. Any outstanding tuition balance or other financial obligation remaining after that date may prevent you from registering and beginning the next academic year.

In addition to completing the prescribed curriculum, SLU School of Medicine policy stipulates that all students will pay no less than four full years of tuition (eight semesters) in order to graduate. Transfer students must have paid full tuition for every academic year in attendance.

In special circumstances, it may be possible for you to complete the required curriculum in fewer months than is customary. However, any accommodation to your personal preference and situation does not excuse you from paying the required full tuition.

Refund Policy

Students who matriculate, are assessed tuition, and then withdraw from the SLU School of Medicine may be refunded a portion of the tuition. Refunds are processed accordingly:

Withdrawal Date Possible Refund

Up to the end of the second week

100 percent of the tuition charged

Up to the end of the third week

90 percent of the tuition charged

Up to the end of the fourth week

80 percent of the tuition charged

Up to the end of the fifth week

70 percent of the tuition charged

Beginning of the sixth week or later

No tuition will be refunded

*First-week start dates will vary by SOM grade level

*Weeks outlined above will commence the first week of class for the SOM grade level, not the individual student.

Refund Example Grade Level: MED 1 Possible Refund
2024 Spring Start Date 01/08/2024  
End of Second Week 01/20/2024 100% Refund
End of Third Week 01/27/2024 90% Refund
End of Fourth Week 02/03/2024 80% Refund
End of Fifth Week 02/10/2024 70% Refund
Beginning of Sixth Week 02/17/2024 No tuition will be refunded


Leave of Absence

This portion of the policy applies only to students placed on an official Leave of Absence (LOA) and who are enrolled in less than 36 hours for the academic year.

Part of Term Credit Hours Enrolled % of Tuition Charged
First Half (prior to 2nd disbursement) <18 (Credit Hours/36) x Full Year Tuition Rate
Second Half (after 2nd disbursement) <18 (Credit Hours/36) x Full Year Tuition Rate
  • Students with 18 or more credit hours per part of term will pay half of the full-year tuition rate for that half 
  • Longitudinal courses will be charged with the first half
  • Backdated enrollment changes:
    • Reduced enrollment will not impact charged tuition
    • Increased enrollment may impact charged tuition
  • If the effective date of the LOA is on or before the start of the academic year or the second part of the term, and the student will not return until the start of the next academic year, tuition and fees should not be charged

Students taking an official LOA must complete all required University paperwork.

Appeals to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Appeals will be directed to Student Financial Services
  • Appeals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of members from Curricular Affairs, Student Affairs and Student Financial Services

SLU School of Medicine Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

Federal law requires that all students receiving financial assistance from Title IV and Title VII funds maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Satisfactory academic progress occurs when the student passes all required courses or at the end of each term is deemed eligible by the Student Progress Committee to progress to the next academic level; completes 67 percent of his or her cumulative attempted credits; completes his or her degree within 150 percent of the four-year M.D. degree program; and passes USMLE Step 1 and 2CK exams.

Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress are not eligible for federal Title IV and VII funds.

The academic progress of each student is monitored and evaluated at the end of each term by the Student Progress Committee. Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress will be notified and instructed by Student Financial Services. Warning alerts will be issued to students at appropriate intervals within terms exceeding more than six months.

Possible Satisfactory Academic Progress Statuses

  • Good Standing: Student is meeting all SAP requirements and is eligible for federal aid.
  • Warning: For a student previously in good standing, warning status occurs automatically at the end of a term when a student fails to meet SAP requirements. While on warning, the student may receive financial aid for one enrollment period. At the end of that period, the student must be in good standing or may appeal to be put on probation status.
  • Fail: At the end of a warning term, a student still fails to meet SAP requirements and is therefore not eligible to receive federal aid. The student may appeal to be put on probation.
  • Probation: The Student Progress Committee may assign a probation status to a student who has successfully appealed to be reinstated after failing to meet SAP requirements at the end of a term. Submission of a written appeal is required.

An SAP appeal must include causative factors, remedies and solutions, documentation of any mitigating circumstances and a signature from a faculty mentor or academic advisor confirming the existence of a written academic plan by which the student can complete his or her program and meet all SAP requirements.

SAP appeals are submitted to and reviewed by the University Satisfactory Academic Progress Committee, which will respond directly to students with the results of the appeal.

The Student Progress Committee comprises faculty members who will evaluate student performance. The committee reviews all transcripts, records and reports to determine if a student has fulfilled all academic requirements and certifies the student’s eligibility for promotion to the succeeding year and graduation.

Rights and Responsibilities

You have the right to:

  • Know all the federal, University and private student financial assistance programs available.
  • Know the policies, procedures, forms, deadlines and eligibility requirements to apply for scholarship/financial aid and the criteria for selecting recipients.
  • Know the policies, procedures, forms, deadlines and eligibility requirements for a program of study abroad/away.
  • Know the costs of attending Saint Louis University School of Medicine, how those costs are determined and how your student budget is developed.
  • Know what resources we have considered in calculating your financial need, how your FAFSA's Expected Family Contribution was determined and how much of your financial need has been met.
  • Know the standards required for maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress for scholarship/financial aid eligibility.
  • Know how and when disbursement of scholarship/financial aid is made, the University's refund policy for costs paid to the University and any refund due to Title IV federal/state or other student assistance programs.
  • Know the terms and conditions of any loans, employment or scholarships you receive.
  • Know the policies and procedures used to maintain confidentiality of scholarship/financial aid records. Saint Louis University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
  • Know who and how to contact the scholarship/financial aid staff regarding information on scholarship/financial aid assistance programs.
  • Know the academic programs of the University, the facilities available and the faculty and instructional staff.
  • Expect fair treatment, Saint Louis University's Office of Scholarship/Financial Aid does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.
  • All University policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with our Catholic, Jesuit identity.
  • Know the names of bodies which accredit, approve or license the University and its programs, and how these documents may be reviewed.
  • Know the University's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy.
  • Know the completion/graduation and job placement rates of University students.
  • Know the University's federal loan default rate.
  • Know campus security policies and crime statistics.
  • Know what facilities and services are available to University students with disabilities.

It is your responsibility to:

  • Read and consider all information about the University before you enroll.
  • Complete all University applications thoroughly and accurately, and submit them to the appropriate offices by the required deadlines.