School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

SPHTM Students




Beginning in January 2015, the Department of Education made available the 2015/16 FAFSA.  However, if you need to file a tax return, it is best if you file the tax return as soon as you can, then wait three weeks, then complete the FAFSA.  This way, you can easily download your income information into the FAFSA.

Keep in mind that we cannot make an offer of aid until after the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has made an offer of admission to you AND you have input your Social Security Number into Tulane's Gibson Online system.

The Gibson Online portal is where you will need to provide Tulane with your Social Security Number.  Once you are ACCEPTED by the Admission Department, you will be sent an e-mail giving you instructions on how to access Gibson Online, and thus, input your Social Security Number. Tulane University must have your Social Security Number in order to be able to download your Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from the Department of Education.  Please do this step immediately.

If you would like to receive your Financial Aid Notification prior to April 15, 2015, then you should complete your 2015-16 FAFSA and your 2015-16 School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Financial Aid Addendum preferably before March 16, 2015 to allow us ample time to complete all awards.

Since Tulane has a rolling admission policy, we continue to process admitted student aid throughout the year, so applications received after March 16, 2015 will be processed.


You are encouraged to have your 2015-16 FAFSA and your 2014-15 School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Financial Aid Addendum completed by MARCH 30, 2014. Students planning on attending the summer session especially need to have their FAFSA's completed in March in order for your summer aid to arrive on time.



Incoming students, you will be able to access the financial aid section of Gibson Online by March 1, 2015.  
Students may view their financial aid information online at Gibson Online.
For an example of site navigation, click here.
For directions on accepting an award, click here.




On August 8, 2013, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 into law. As a result, interest rates on Federal Student Loans will be adjusted each year.

          2015 - 2016 ACADEMIC YEAR

Interest rates for the federal educational loans first disbursed on or after 07/01/15 but before 07/0/16 will have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan.  The rates are as follows:

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan for Graduate students: 5.84%

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: 6.84%

          2014 - 2015 ACADEMIC YEAR

Interest rates for federal educational loans first disbursed on or after 07/01/14 and before 07/01/2015 have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan.  The rates are as follows:

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan for GRADUATE students: 6.21%

Federal Graduate PLUS loan: 7.21%

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Direct Deposit is the fastest way to receive your financial aid living expense refund. In order to receive a Direct Deposit refund you will have to set it up in Accounts Receivable.   They are currently developing a new system to handle this function and information will be shared with you when it is available.

After school starts, you will be notified when you have a credit balance in Accounts Receivable, then you need to go to Accounts Receivable's web site and request a refund on their system.

If you have any questions pertaining to billing and payments, please go to the Accounts Receivable web site as it is loaded with information, or you can phone them at 504-865-5368.



Per federal regulations, all first time William D. Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan borrowers and all first time Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan borrowers must complete an Entrance Interview which acknowledges the borrower's rights and responsibilities under the Federal Direct Loan program. The entrance interview requirement must be completed on line at the Department of Education web site.

Additional information provided to the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine's Incoming  students in Fall 2015 during our Financial Aid Orientation Session is available in a power point presentation.



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