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Student Affairs

Financial Education and Scholarships


Our goal is to provide knowledge and resources to help you achieve your goals. One-on-one meetings, supplemented by group workshops, are the primary venues as we develop an individualized success plan tailored for your needs.


The following links provide useful information, webinars, videos and fact sheets.

AAMC’s Financial Information, Resources, Services and Tools (FIRST)
Good information on many financial topics; check out the MedLoans® Organizer and Calculator.
Download the Education Debt Manager.
Watch the Money Management Video.

U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid
Good information on specific types of loans.

National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
Establish an account to view all of your Federal loans and associated details.
Download your student data for input into the MedLoans® Organizer and Calculator.

2019-20 Expenses and Loan Planner
Download this Excel file to estimate monthly living expenses and student loan amounts.

Identity Theft Protection Steps
Download this Word document for ideas to develop your identity theft protection plan



Rich Ronnestad, MS, CFP®
Director of Financial Education and Scholarship Support
509-368-6852 | PROFILE



The WSU College of Medicine medical program scholarship awards are based on financial need and alignment with the college mission. A FAFSA is required for any accepted applicant in the incoming class to receive a scholarship award offer, and the deadline to submit a FAFSA is January 31. While not required, students may submit a FAFSA by November 30 in subsequent years if their financial situation changes or if they missed the deadline in the prior year. Parental information is not required but encouraged for accepted applicants/students whose parents are expected to provide financial support.



To schedule a meeting, please send an email to and include several possible days and times.


Feel free to visit Rich Ronnestad’s office at SAC 420C any day during the lunch hour (12 p.m – 1 p.m.) to ask questions, clarify an issue, or to discuss any financial or scholarship topic.


Join us for lunch and learn sessions, which are informal discussions of relevant financial topics. Bring your own lunch and we’ll provide snacks and sweets. The session are from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Dates and locations will be announced through Slack and E.Flo MD.