Welcome to the Office of Financial Aid
Our office is dedicated in assisting students with financial counseling and assistance from the time they enroll until the time they graduate. Entrance counseling, financial literacy for borrowers, and exit counseling are just a few of the services we employ to create financial awareness and responsibility on the part of the students.
Arkansas Colleges of Health Education School Code: 042568
In support of the college’s mission statement, the Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to supporting students with financial assistance and educational resources vital to student success while pursuing a medical degree and in the future.
Our office is located on the first floor of the Arkansas Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine building in the Office of Student Affairs. Our official means of communication is via e-mail, through your student portal, so please check this often.
7000 Chad Colley Blvd
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916-6024
PO Box 10366
Fort Smith, AR 72917-0366
Contact the Director of Financial Aid, Glenna Gilliam, with any questions or assistance in applying for financial aid via e-mail or phone at (479) 308-2209.
The Office of Financial Aid adheres to the Financial Aid Code of Conduct which applies to the officers, employees, and agents of
the school and must also prohibit employees of the financial aid office from receiving gifts from a lender, guaranty agency, or loan servicer. Click here to view the Financial Aid Code of Conduct.
The purpose of the Student Financial Assistance Program at Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine is to help as many qualified students as possible to complete their medical education. As a participant in the Title IV, U.S. Department of Education federally guaranteed loan programs, ARCOM works with students to meet the cost of their education while a student at the COM. Students may finance their education with scholarships, federal loans, private student loans, military health profession scholarships, veterans education benefits or other federal and/or state programs. Students may also apply for one of the loan forgiveness programs available through a variety of government and non-profit agencies once they begin their medical education or practice.
All new students receiving any form of financial aid must meet with a financial aid counselor or attend a meeting provided by the Office of Financial Aid within sixty days of the beginning of their first semester as a student at ARCOM. Students must attend an annual financial aid meeting or meet individually with a financial aid counselor annually. All students with any form of financial aid must meet with a financial aid counselor during a three-month period prior to graduation.
Financial aid will not be disbursed to anyone until he or she has been fully admitted as a student and all admission requirements have been met and approved by the administration.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has provided a series of educational debt management modules designed to help osteopathic medical students and graduates that are listed below:
- Borrowing Considerations and Repayment Options
- Student Loan and Financial Best Practices
- Choosing Between Federal and Private Repayment and Forgiveness Programs
- Modern Student Loan Repayment Case Studies for Today’s Osteopathic Medical School Graduates
- Managing Your Income and Finances Early in Your Career: Strategies for Osteopathic Medical School Graduates