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Costs of Attendance

The yearly cost of education for full-time study at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine includes tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment, dues, immunizations and living expenses. The following estimate of expenses for veterinary students is based on proposed 2024-2025 tuition costs and federal cost of living estimates. Annual estimates may change as fee schedules are altered periodically.

Tuition and FeesYear 1 Year 2 Year 3SummerYear 4 
Residents$25,244$25,244$25,244$15 $25,244
Non Residents$56,732$56,732$56,732$15 $56,732
Living Allowance$16,078$16,078$16,078$7,000 $16,078
Loan Fees$380$380$380$380
Total for the year
Residents$47,839$48,381$47,503$7,015 $47,503
Non Residents$79,327$79,869 $78,991$7,015 $78,991

NOTE: It is mandatory that all students be covered by Health Insurance. These fees are not included in the cost estimates above.

NC State University Student Health Insurance Plan rates for the 2023-24 academic year are $2,784.80 for the year and $ 1,392.40 for the semester. Here is the complete rate information from the Student Health Center.

Students who purchase the University’s health insurance plan may contact their financial aid counselor to request the expense be included in their individual cost of attendance.

DVM FA Contact: Kyle McMahan, 919.515.2465,

DVM students in the final year of their program (12 months; summer, fall and spring) will be considered full-time during the summer term if they are registered for 1 hour in the summer and will be charged at the special rate agreed upon with the Cashier’s Office (currently $15). This tuition agreement was established from the outset of the veterinary program and was based on the rationale that DVM students will have up to four vacation blocks (8 to 12 weeks) during their clinical year, and it would not be judicious to charge them full tuition for three semesters when they are still taking vacations, just at a different time than other students due to the unique schedule of clinical year.

Financial Aid 

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Veterinary students receive most of their financial aid in the form of loans. Aid from most programs, including loans and scholarships, is awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by FAFSA. Applicants who anticipate the need for financial aid should complete the FAFSA online. The NC State University Title IV Financial Aid code to use when completing the FAFSA is 002972. It takes approximately four weeks for the FAFSA to be processed.

The NC State priority deadline for FAFSA filing is March 1.

For a student to be considered a professional student for federal loan purposes, the student must have completed the equivalent of 3 academic years of full time study (72 hours) prior to entering the program.

Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Program

Diversity is an inclusive collection of individuals and groups who bring varied human characteristics, backgrounds, interests and points of view to enrich the university community. The overarching goal of having a diverse university community is to better educate our students to be active, informed, productive participants in a pluralistic society and interdependent world. The purpose of the UNC Campus Scholarship Program and the Diversity Graduate Assistance Grant programs is to promote diversity at the graduate level at North Carolina State University.

Any questions regarding the Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Program may be directed to either Dr. David Shafer (phone: 919-515-7052, email: or Todd Marcks (phone: 919-515-1481, email:

Stafford Loans

The University Financial Aid Office administers the loan programs including the Federal Direct Stafford Loans. The College of Veterinary Medicine also provides short-term loans in financial emergencies.

For more information about Stafford loans, see the University Financial Aid Office’s web site at


Scholarships for NC State College of Veterinary Medicine students are available on a limited basis through funds made possible by gifts from private benefactors as well as group donations.

Scholarships are awarded by the Faculty Scholarship Committee based on demonstrated financial need (as determined by the FAFSA) and academic achievement. In addition, some scholarships may require additional criteria established by the scholarship’s donor, such as interest in a particular species or type of veterinary practice, community and volunteer involvement, or student activities.

Scholarship applications are made available online to current students in the spring and to incoming students after they have accepted an offer of admission. The Scholarship Committee meets during May to recommend student awards and DVM students receive their financial aid award reports in early June.

Scholarships from Other Sources

In addition to scholarships awarded by the college, some DVM students receive scholarships from private organizations such as kennel clubs or corporations.

View Available External Scholarships 

The US Department of Agriculture sponsors the Saul T. Wilson, Jr. Scholarship Program in Veterinary Medicine, including up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate studies, $15,000 per year for graduate studies, and the opportunity for paid summer employment. Students also receive the opportunity to be converted to a permanent employee upon graduation. Interested students can get more information from USDA/APHIS by calling 301-851-3573.

The College Foundation of North Carolina may offer more information about possible ways to finance your education. CFNC can be reached at 1-800-600-3453.

The U. S. Army offers a variety of scholarships for veterinary students. For more information about the Veterinary Health Profession Scholarship Program, contact Sergeant First Class Shannon W. Thornton at 919-875-1530 or, or see their web site at