Refund and Return of Financial Aid Funds Policy

Wake Forest School of Medicine has a new refund policy that becomes effective with the 2016-2017 academic year.  Students who withdraw from school or fail to complete the period of enrollment prior to the sixth week of the academic term may be entitled to a partial refund of tuition and fees depending on the date of withdrawal.  For purposes of this policy, the academic term will start at orientation, or when there is no orientation, with the first day of classes as scheduled for each class year of an educational program.  Refer to the table below for applicable percentage of refund of tuition and fees.

Refund Policy

Review the complete policy on Refunds and Return of Federal Funds for more details. 

Optional Tuition Insurance

Wake Forest School of Medicine has arranged to offer the Tuition Refund Plan to students and parents who may wish to minimize the risk of a financial loss in the event of a serious illness or accident.  This is an elective tuition insurance program, made available through A.W.G. DEWAR, Inc. which provides coverage to minimize the loss of a semester’s tuition and required fees. 

Complete information about coverage and the application is available at:  

If you wish to participate in the plan, you must submit your application online by the first day of classes for your program.  Please contact DEWAR directly at (617) 774-1555 if you have any questions regarding the Tuition Refund Plan. 

Important Information Regarding Direct Loan Interest Rates for 2015-2016

Effective for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2015, and prior to July 1, 2016

Direct Unsubsidized Loans Fixed Interest Rate: 5.84%

Direct PLUS Loans Fixed Interest Rate: 6.84%

Important Information Regarding Loan Origination Fees for Federal Direct Loans 


For any loan disbursement for a loan where the first disbursement is/will be:

The origination fee percentage for Direct Unsubsidized Loans is:

The origination fee percentage for Grad Direct PLUS Loans is:

On or after 10/1/2015




North Carolina Forgivable Education Loans for Service Program (FELS)  

If you were a North Carolina resident one year prior to matriculating into the MD or PA Program, and you plan to work full time in NC, you qualify for this loan forgiveness program!

The FELS or Forgivable Education Loan for Service program was established by the NC General Assembly in 2011.  The first loans were available for the 2012-2013 academic year.  It is a forgivable loan to NC  MD and PA Students.  The ONLY requirement for forgiveness is to work full-time in NC!  

If you are applying for the first time, go to 

Current FELS recipients will be automatically considered for renewal after spring grades are posted.  You do NOT need to submit a new application.

If you need further information check it out on the CFNC website or contact us.  We will be happy to talk to you about it.  

Funding for Residency Interviews

Fourth-year medical students in need of assistance covering travel costs for residency interviews may be eligible to borrow a Federal Unsubsidized Direct Grad PLUS Loan for up to $5,000. This loan will be in excess of the fourth-year cost of attendance. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more details.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

If you aspire to work in the public service sector, you'll find that the reward is not only emotional—but possibly monetary, as well. That's because the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established a program that forgives some federal student loans under certain circumstances.

Program Summary:

This government program provides forgiveness for the remaining balance (principal and interest) on eligible Direct Loans after the borrower makes 120 qualifying monthly payments while working in a qualifying public service position.

Only qualifying payments made after October 1, 2007 count towards PSLF; therefore, the first forgiveness of loan balances will not occur until October 2017 (at the earliest).

Eligible Loans

Any non-defaulted loan made under the Direct Loan Program may be eligible. These include:

  • Direct Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized)
  • Direct PLUS Loans, including Grad PLUS
  • Direct Consolidation Loans

Other Federal Loans:

The following federal student loan programs may also be eligible for PSLF if they are consolidated into the Direct Loan Program*:

  • Federal Family Education Loans - (Stafford, PLUS, and Consolidation Loans)
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Certain Health Professions and Nursing Loans

*Only payments made on the Direct Consolidation Loan will count toward the required 120 monthly payments needed for forgiveness.  

Eligibility Requirements

1. Repayment Plans: Borrowers must not be in default on the loan(s) and must make 120 required monthly payments while in an eligible repayment plan. Eligible repayment plans include:

  • Standard Repayment
  • Income Contingent Repayment
  • Income-based Repayment
  • Other Direct Loan repayment plans, if certain conditions are met. For more information review: PSLF Program Q&As for Borrowers

2. Public Service Employment: Borrowers must be employed full-time (at least 30 hours per week) in a qualifying public service position (a) during the peri­od in which he or she made each of the 120 monthly payments, (b) at the time of application for loan forgive­ness, and (c) at the time the remaining principal and interest are forgiven.

Qualifying Public Service Jobs

“Qualifying public service jobs” include work in 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, and most medical schools and teaching hospitals. Sample fields include:

  • Emergency management
  • Government
  • Military service (active duty)
  • Public safety
  • Public health
  • and more*

More details about Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Employer Certification Forms can be obtained at Federal Student Aid External Link.

For more information, go to AAMC FIRST or contact our office.

National Health Service Corps

Interested in primary care? Have a passion for serving medically underserved communities? NHSC could help pay for your education or and pay off your loans for you. Visit to learn more about their programs and see if one is a fit for you!

1098-T Tax Reporting Information

1098-T forms are mailed to students who meet the IRS’ reporting requirements by January 31.

We mail the forms to the “preferred” address for you in PeopleSoft Campus Solutions.  Please make sure this address is up to date, especially when you are getting ready to graduate so the form will reach you in a reasonable timeframe.

What is a 1098-T form?

The IRS requires WFSM to report, both to the student and the IRS, certain summary financial information for students who meet IRS reporting criteria.  This information is provided to assist students in determining their eligibility for certain education tax credits.

This includes the following for transactions posted to student accounts during the calendar year:

  • Tuition and qualified fees
  • Information on non-student/family payments and loans, including:
    • WFSM administered grants and scholarships
    • External/private scholarships
    • Third party payments made by sponsors billed by the University on behalf of the  student

The IRS requires WFSM to report either:

  • Payments received for qualified tuition and fees, or
  • Transactions billed for qualified tuition and fees and university administrated grants and scholarships.  

Receipt of a Form 1098-T does not establish eligibility for certain educational tax credits.  Similarly, students who do not receive a 1098-T because they do not meet the IRS’ reporting criteria should not automatically assume they are ineligible for these tax credits.  Students should consult a tax advisor to determine eligibility 

Why is Box 1 left blank?

WFSM reports all qualified tuition and fees billed during the calendar year rather than payments made.

Please check the IRS guidelines or contact a tax professional regarding any tax benefits for tuition and fees.

Health Insurance Requirement

All students are required to maintain adequate medical insurance during their enrollment at WFSM. You must complete either the enrollment or waiver process within the open enrollment period. Failure to do so will result in a delay in coverage or a charge for insurance you do not need.

We offer a Student Medical Insurance Plan with United HealthCare Student Resources designed to meet the needs of students who have no insurance or who have inadequate insurance coverage in the Winston Salem, NC area. Please review your coverage. While it may be acceptable for a waiver, it may not provide the kind of security and coverage provided by our student plan, which is tailored to a
WFSM student’s specific needs. Plan details can be viewed at       

If you are an international student holding an F1 or J1 visa, enrollment in the UHCSR Student Insurance is mandatory.

Open enrollment is held twice each year. If you do not submit a waiver, you will automatically be enrolled in coverage and your student account will be charged. 

If you want to enroll, please complete the enrollment process using the link provided in the emails from the insurance provider.


Quick Reference

Financial Aid

Phone: 336-716-4264
Fax: 336-716-9593


Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 4:30 pm


Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 1st Floor, 475 Vine St.

Mailing Address:

Office of Financial Aid
Wake Forest Baptist Health
PO Box 573183
Winston Salem, NC 27157

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