Financial Aid & Scholarships for Dental Hygiene Students

Dental hygiene school takes a lot of time, work and money, but finding the right financial aid can help ease the stress. Most dental hygiene programs require students to take classes full-time, and with lab equipment costs and textbooks on top of tuition, payments add up. Fortunately, there are many scholarships, grants, loans and other payment plans out there for dental hygiene students. Read on to discover ways to request financial help from private institutions, state or federal government education assistance programs, and colleges themselves.

Dental Hygiene Financial Aid & Scholarship List

There are scholarships for every major and every niche interest, and plenty of scholarships just for dental hygiene students. Scholarships are essentially free money that never needs to be repaid, making this financial aid opportunity the first stop when looking for funding.

National Private Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Absolute Dental “Dentists of the Future” Scholarship

    $2,000

    See Description

    • Absolute Dental “Dentists of the Future” Scholarship

      $2,000

      Absolute Dental provides one-time scholarships to high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college the following year, or to current college students. Applicants must have an interest in pursuing dentistry or a related field and have a grade point average minimum of 3.0.

  • ADEA/Crest Oral-B Laboratories Scholarships for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers

    $2,500 for tuition and fees, $500 for travel to the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

    See Description

    • ADEA/Crest Oral-B Laboratories Scholarships for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers

      $2,500 for tuition and fees, $500 for travel to the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

      The American Dental Education Association awards scholarships to two dental hygiene students pursuing education beyond an associate degree or certificate program, and who show interest in an academic career. Applicants must be enrolled as either part- or full-time students in a bachelor’s or graduate program at an ADEA Member institution, and must be ADEA individual members.

  • ADEA/Crest Oral-B Laboratories Scholarships for Pre-Doctoral Dental Students Pursuing Academic Careers

    $5,000 for tuition and fees, $500 for travel to the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

    See Description

  • Absolute Dental “Dentists of the Future” Scholarship

    $2,000

    Absolute Dental provides one-time scholarships to high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college the following year, or to current college students. Applicants must have an interest in pursuing dentistry or a related field and have a grade point average minimum of 3.0.

  • ADEA/Crest Oral-B Laboratories Scholarships for Dental Hygiene Students Pursuing Academic Careers

    $2,500 for tuition and fees, $500 for travel to the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

    The American Dental Education Association awards scholarships to two dental hygiene students pursuing education beyond an associate degree or certificate program, and who show interest in an academic career. Applicants must be enrolled as either part- or full-time students in a bachelor’s or graduate program at an ADEA Member institution, and must be ADEA individual members.

  • ADEA/Crest Oral-B Laboratories Scholarships for Pre-Doctoral Dental Students Pursuing Academic Careers

    $5,000 for tuition and fees, $500 for travel to the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

    The American Dental Education Association provides scholarships supporting two pre-doctoral dental students who demonstrate firm commitments to becoming dental educators. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at an ADEA member institution and must be ADEA individual members.

  • ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Preventive Dentistry Scholarships

    $2,500

    See Description

    • ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Preventive Dentistry Scholarships

      $2,500

      This scholarship through the American Dental Education Association and GlaxoSmithKline supports twelve pre-doctoral dental students who have demonstrated academic excellence in preventative dentistry. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students in a dental school, be nominated by the school’s dean or dean’s designate, possess superior academic records and be ADEA individual members.

  • Colgate & American Academy of Women Dentists Research Scholarship

    $500

    See Description

  • Colgate & Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Program

    Up to $10,000

    See Description

    • Colgate & Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Program

      Up to $10,000

      For graduate students who plan to advance their scientific and applied clinical knowledge in dentistry to aid and support the Hispanic community. These merit based awards are determined by a student’s commitment and dedication to improving the oral health of the Hispanic community, community and volunteer efforts, leadership skills and scholastic achievement. Applications are due July 1.

  • ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Preventive Dentistry Scholarships

    $2,500

    This scholarship through the American Dental Education Association and GlaxoSmithKline supports twelve pre-doctoral dental students who have demonstrated academic excellence in preventative dentistry. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students in a dental school, be nominated by the school’s dean or dean’s designate, possess superior academic records and be ADEA individual members.

  • Colgate & American Academy of Women Dentists Research Scholarship

    $500

    An award presented to ten female dental students in their third or fourth year of education. Applicants must demonstrate academic distinctions and excel in the field of dental research, and application open in the winter.

  • Colgate & Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship Program

    Up to $10,000

    For graduate students who plan to advance their scientific and applied clinical knowledge in dentistry to aid and support the Hispanic community. These merit based awards are determined by a student’s commitment and dedication to improving the oral health of the Hispanic community, community and volunteer efforts, leadership skills and scholastic achievement. Applications are due July 1.

  • Crack the DAT Pre-Dental Scholarship

    $100 to $1,000

    See Description

    • Crack the DAT Pre-Dental Scholarship

      $100 to $1,000

      Deserving pre-dental students are eligible for this tiered award, granting four students a range of $100 to $1000 in scholarships annually. Applicants must be seeking a career in dentistry at and be at least a junior in college to be eligible. Students must submit a one- to two-page essay describing financial need, academic merit and community service, a resume or copy of curriculum, a photo and college transcript. The deadline to apply is September 30.

  • Dental Trade Alliance Foundation Scholarship

    $5,000

    See Description

    • Dental Trade Alliance Foundation Scholarship

      $5,000

      Ten deserving dental students are selected to receive the DTA Foundation scholarship each year. Students must be nominated for the award by the Dean at accredited dental school in the U.S. and submissions must be submitted directly by the school. Students will be chosen based on financial need, commitment to community service and academic standing. The application period opens each spring.

  • Robert J. Sullivan Scholarships

    $2,500

    See Description

    • Robert J. Sullivan Scholarships

      $2,500

      This scholarship assists two pre-doctoral dental students with their professional education expenses. Applicants must be full-time students in the second year of study at a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association and have a minimum 3.25 grade point average. Applications open the first Friday in September and close the second Friday in November.

  • Crack the DAT Pre-Dental Scholarship

    $100 to $1,000

    Deserving pre-dental students are eligible for this tiered award, granting four students a range of $100 to $1000 in scholarships annually. Applicants must be seeking a career in dentistry at and be at least a junior in college to be eligible. Students must submit a one- to two-page essay describing financial need, academic merit and community service, a resume or copy of curriculum, a photo and college transcript. The deadline to apply is September 30.

  • Dental Trade Alliance Foundation Scholarship

    $5,000

    Ten deserving dental students are selected to receive the DTA Foundation scholarship each year. Students must be nominated for the award by the Dean at accredited dental school in the U.S. and submissions must be submitted directly by the school. Students will be chosen based on financial need, commitment to community service and academic standing. The application period opens each spring.

  • Robert J. Sullivan Scholarships

    $2,500

    This scholarship assists two pre-doctoral dental students with their professional education expenses. Applicants must be full-time students in the second year of study at a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association and have a minimum 3.25 grade point average. Applications open the first Friday in September and close the second Friday in November.

Regional Private Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • The ANSWER Endowment Scholarship

    Varies

    See Description

    • The ANSWER Endowment Scholarship

      Varies

      The Foundation for the Carolinas provides financial assistance to single mothers over twenty-five who are legal residents of North or South Carolina and are full-time students at an accredited North or South Carolina institution seeking either a four-year undergraduate degree or a two-year dental hygiene degree through a health careers program. Applications open in December and run through March.

  • Basil L. King Scholarship Fund – Medical and Dental Scholarship

    Varies

    See Description

    • Basil L. King Scholarship Fund – Medical and Dental Scholarship

      Varies

      This foundation provides scholarship assistance to medical and dental students who reside in St. Lucie County, Florida, with preferential consideration for students intending to return to St. Lucie after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program full-time and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Scholarships are renewable for an additional three years. Applications close in June.

  • The Community Foundation of Shelby County Medical & Health Professions Scholarship

    $1,200

    See Description

    • The Community Foundation of Shelby County Medical & Health Professions Scholarship

      $1,200

      Shelby County, Ohio’s community foundation provides two scholarships for Shelby County students with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 who wish to pursue a certificate or an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree in medical and health professions. Selections are based on financial need, academic success, community and school service and recommendation letters. The application deadline is June 1.

  • The ANSWER Endowment Scholarship

    Varies

    The Foundation for the Carolinas provides financial assistance to single mothers over twenty-five who are legal residents of North or South Carolina and are full-time students at an accredited North or South Carolina institution seeking either a four-year undergraduate degree or a two-year dental hygiene degree through a health careers program. Applications open in December and run through March.

  • Basil L. King Scholarship Fund – Medical and Dental Scholarship

    Varies

    This foundation provides scholarship assistance to medical and dental students who reside in St. Lucie County, Florida, with preferential consideration for students intending to return to St. Lucie after graduation. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited program full-time and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Scholarships are renewable for an additional three years. Applications close in June.

  • The Community Foundation of Shelby County Medical & Health Professions Scholarship

    $1,200

    Shelby County, Ohio’s community foundation provides two scholarships for Shelby County students with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 who wish to pursue a certificate or an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree in medical and health professions. Selections are based on financial need, academic success, community and school service and recommendation letters. The application deadline is June 1.

  • Hawai’i Community Foundation John Dawe Dental Education Fund

    Varies

    See Description

    • Hawai’i Community Foundation John Dawe Dental Education Fund

      Varies

      A resident of Hawaii may apply for this scholarship if they are a full-time undergraduate student attending a two- or four-year, accredited, not-for-profit dental hygiene or dental assisting program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA. Applications must be completed by February.

  • Latinos for Dental Careers Scholarship

    $1,000

    See Description

    • Latinos for Dental Careers Scholarship

      $1,000

      The California Dental Association provides a varying number of awards for students of Latino descent who are full-time dental students at one of California’s dental schools. Applicants may receive this scholarship more than once.

  • Maryland Graduate and Professional Scholarship Program

    $1,000 to $5,000

    See Description

    • Maryland Graduate and Professional Scholarship Program

      $1,000 to $5,000

      The Maryland Higher Education Commission awards a Maryland resident attending certain Maryland colleges as a part- or full-time graduate student in dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work and veterinary medicine with a scholarship for a maximum of eight semesters. Applicants must file a FAFSA for every year they wish to receive the award, and demonstrate financial need and satisfactory academic progress.

  • Hawai’i Community Foundation John Dawe Dental Education Fund

    Varies

    A resident of Hawaii may apply for this scholarship if they are a full-time undergraduate student attending a two- or four-year, accredited, not-for-profit dental hygiene or dental assisting program. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA. Applications must be completed by February.

  • Latinos for Dental Careers Scholarship

    $1,000

    The California Dental Association provides a varying number of awards for students of Latino descent who are full-time dental students at one of California’s dental schools. Applicants may receive this scholarship more than once.

  • Maryland Graduate and Professional Scholarship Program

    $1,000 to $5,000

    The Maryland Higher Education Commission awards a Maryland resident attending certain Maryland colleges as a part- or full-time graduate student in dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work and veterinary medicine with a scholarship for a maximum of eight semesters. Applicants must file a FAFSA for every year they wish to receive the award, and demonstrate financial need and satisfactory academic progress.

  • Dr. Robert B. Dewhirst Scholarships

    Up to $2,500

    See Description

    • Dr. Robert B. Dewhirst Scholarships

      Up to $2,500

      The ADA Foundation provides two awards, one to a student from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry and one to an applicant from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California. Applicants must be full-time sophomores at one of these two schools and have a minimum 3.25 grade point average. Applications open in September and close in November.

  • Sachs Foundation University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Scholarship

    $7,000

    See Description

  • Vermont Dental Hygiene Scholarship

    $15,000 to $18,000

    See Description

    • Vermont Dental Hygiene Scholarship

      $15,000 to $18,000

      The Vermont State Dental Society awards this scholarship to Vermont residents attending a dental hygiene program at an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Students must submit a Unified Scholarship Application, FAFSA, recommendation letter, essay and official transcript. The number of scholarships awarded varies, but the average is seven per year.

  • Dr. Robert B. Dewhirst Scholarships

    Up to $2,500

    The ADA Foundation provides two awards, one to a student from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry and one to an applicant from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California. Applicants must be full-time sophomores at one of these two schools and have a minimum 3.25 grade point average. Applications open in September and close in November.

  • Sachs Foundation University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Scholarship

    $7,000

    The University of Colorado provides two current African-American dental school students with scholarships. Applicants must be enrolled in the University of Colorado’s School of Dental Medicine. The application deadline is in March and the scholarship can be renewed annually.

  • Vermont Dental Hygiene Scholarship

    $15,000 to $18,000

    The Vermont State Dental Society awards this scholarship to Vermont residents attending a dental hygiene program at an accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding. Students must submit a Unified Scholarship Application, FAFSA, recommendation letter, essay and official transcript. The number of scholarships awarded varies, but the average is seven per year.

General Medical Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • AAIA Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship

    $1,500

    See Description

    • AAIA Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship

      $1,500

      The Association on American Indian Affairs dispenses this one-year scholarship for undergraduate or graduate students who are health and science majors. Applicants must be enrolled within a tribe in the Continental U.S. or Alaska, have a 2.5 GPA and attend an accredited institution as full-time students. Applications close in June.

  • AAIA Florence Young ​Memorial Scholarship

    Varies

    See Description

    • AAIA Florence Young ​Memorial Scholarship

      Varies

      This scholarship through the Association on American Indian Affairs supports full-time graduate students seeking a higher degree in art, law or public health. Applicants must be a member of a U.S. tribe, have a 2.5 GPA and attend an accredited institution. Applications close in June.

  • Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program

    Varies

    See Description

    • Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program

      Varies

      The United States Military offers scholarships that cover all direct educational costs and provide a monthly stipend for medical students. Applicants commit to of one year of active duty service for each year they receive this scholarship, with a minimum commitment dependent on their field they study. This page from Brown University has links to further information on military branches providing this scholarship: Army, Navy and Air Force.

  • AAIA Elizabeth and Sherman Asche Memorial Scholarship

    $1,500

    The Association on American Indian Affairs dispenses this one-year scholarship for undergraduate or graduate students who are health and science majors. Applicants must be enrolled within a tribe in the Continental U.S. or Alaska, have a 2.5 GPA and attend an accredited institution as full-time students. Applications close in June.

  • AAIA Florence Young ​Memorial Scholarship

    Varies

    This scholarship through the Association on American Indian Affairs supports full-time graduate students seeking a higher degree in art, law or public health. Applicants must be a member of a U.S. tribe, have a 2.5 GPA and attend an accredited institution. Applications close in June.

  • Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program

    Varies

    The United States Military offers scholarships that cover all direct educational costs and provide a monthly stipend for medical students. Applicants commit to of one year of active duty service for each year they receive this scholarship, with a minimum commitment dependent on their field they study. This page from Brown University has links to further information on military branches providing this scholarship: Army, Navy and Air Force.

  • Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship Program

    $1000 to $5,000

    See Description

    • Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship Program

      $1000 to $5,000

      Provided to outstanding medical and dental students in need of financial assistance, the CAMS Scholarship Program awards three to five students $1,000 standard scholarships each year. An additional $5,000 scholarship is also awarded to three students. Students must be currently working towards a degree, in their first, second or third year of medical or dental school to be eligible. Applicants must submit current curriculum, a copy of their latest 1040 Tax Return, two letters of recommendation and an academic verification letter from their Dean in addition to writing a short essay describing their need for donors and supporters to review.

  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship

    $2,000

    See Description

    • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship

      $2,000

      This scholarship from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation supports full-time African-American or black undergraduate students living or attending school in a CBC member district. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75, be a high school senior or current college student, and plan to enroll full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program in medicine, nutrition, or another health-related field. Applications close in February.

  • Health Resources and Services Administration Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

    Varies

    See Description

  • Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship Program

    $1000 to $5,000

    Provided to outstanding medical and dental students in need of financial assistance, the CAMS Scholarship Program awards three to five students $1,000 standard scholarships each year. An additional $5,000 scholarship is also awarded to three students. Students must be currently working towards a degree, in their first, second or third year of medical or dental school to be eligible. Applicants must submit current curriculum, a copy of their latest 1040 Tax Return, two letters of recommendation and an academic verification letter from their Dean in addition to writing a short essay describing their need for donors and supporters to review.

  • Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship

    $2,000

    This scholarship from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation supports full-time African-American or black undergraduate students living or attending school in a CBC member district. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75, be a high school senior or current college student, and plan to enroll full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program in medicine, nutrition, or another health-related field. Applications close in February.

  • Health Resources and Services Administration Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

    Varies

    The HRSA funds accredited participating schools with need-based scholarships to full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds pursuing careers in health professions. Applicants must fit economic status requirements defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Mae & Mary Legacy Foundation

    Varies

    See Description

    • Mae & Mary Legacy Foundation

      Varies

      This foundation provides scholarships based on academic excellence and financial need to African-American high school seniors pursuing careers in healthcare. Applicants must attend a two- or four-year university or technical school. Applications close in June.

  • The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

    Varies

    See Description

    • The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

      Varies

      This scholarship fund provides full tuition, a monthly stipend and offsets other costs for associate, bachelor’s or doctoral degrees in healthcare fields, including dentistry. Applicants must have verifiable Native Hawaiian ancestry, be full-time students and agree to practice in Hawaii for a year of service for each year of funding. The application period opens in December and closes in March.

  • National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

    Varies

    See Description

    • National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

      Varies

      The National Health Service Corps awards scholarships to students pursuing primary health care professions. Recipients must agree to provide one year of healthcare service to an underserved American community following graduation and training for each year of financial support provided by this scholarship, with a minimum two-year commitment.

  • Mae & Mary Legacy Foundation

    Varies

    This foundation provides scholarships based on academic excellence and financial need to African-American high school seniors pursuing careers in healthcare. Applicants must attend a two- or four-year university or technical school. Applications close in June.

  • The Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

    Varies

    This scholarship fund provides full tuition, a monthly stipend and offsets other costs for associate, bachelor’s or doctoral degrees in healthcare fields, including dentistry. Applicants must have verifiable Native Hawaiian ancestry, be full-time students and agree to practice in Hawaii for a year of service for each year of funding. The application period opens in December and closes in March.

  • National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program

    Varies

    The National Health Service Corps awards scholarships to students pursuing primary health care professions. Recipients must agree to provide one year of healthcare service to an underserved American community following graduation and training for each year of financial support provided by this scholarship, with a minimum two-year commitment.

  • National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program

    Varies

    See Description

    • National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program

      Varies

      This national scholarship is aimed at Hispanic students who are pursuing careers in health care industries and are enrolled full-time in graduate level dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, public health and policy schools. Non-Hispanic students with an affinity for healthcare in Hispanic communities and who participate in NHHF Scholars Alumni activities are also open to apply. The deadline to apply is in September.

  • TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship

    $500 to $10,000

    See Description

    • TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship

      $500 to $10,000

      Current college students pursuing healthcare careers can apply for one of these sixty non-renewable scholarships. Selections are based on college GPA, academic records in health education, community involvement and volunteer service.

  • Zonta Club of Washington, D.C. Undergraduate Scholarship

    $2,000 to $5,000

    See Description

    • Zonta Club of Washington, D.C. Undergraduate Scholarship

      $2,000 to $5,000

      The Zonta Club supports women pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a variety of fields, including healthcare. Applicants pursuing dental careers must attend dental school at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University, one of the institutions that is a part of this scholarship. Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The application period runs from January to March.

  • National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program

    Varies

    This national scholarship is aimed at Hispanic students who are pursuing careers in health care industries and are enrolled full-time in graduate level dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, public health and policy schools. Non-Hispanic students with an affinity for healthcare in Hispanic communities and who participate in NHHF Scholars Alumni activities are also open to apply. The deadline to apply is in September.

  • TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship

    $500 to $10,000

    Current college students pursuing healthcare careers can apply for one of these sixty non-renewable scholarships. Selections are based on college GPA, academic records in health education, community involvement and volunteer service.

  • Zonta Club of Washington, D.C. Undergraduate Scholarship

    $2,000 to $5,000

    The Zonta Club supports women pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a variety of fields, including healthcare. Applicants pursuing dental careers must attend dental school at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University, one of the institutions that is a part of this scholarship. Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. The application period runs from January to March.

Membership and Special Interest Scholarships

Many dental hygiene scholarships are offered through membership sites or special interest groups, such as the American Dental Association or Hispanic Dental Association. Students must be members of the organization to apply for these respective scholarships. A detailed list with links to these groups is provided below, with examples of the many scholarships they offer for dental hygiene students.

American Dental Association Foundation Scholarships
ADA Foundation Pre-Doctoral Dental Student Scholarships

$2,500

This scholarship assists twenty-five pre-doctoral dental students with their education expenses per year. An American Dental Association-accredited school nominates one full-time student in their second year of study who has a minimum 3.25 grade point average. Applications open in September and close the second Friday in November.

ADA Foundation Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships

$2,500

The American Dental Association Foundation provides scholarships to twenty-five pre-doctoral dental students who are African-American, Hispanic or Native American per year. A school nominates up to five full-time sophomores who have a minimum 3.25 grade point average. The application period runs from September to November.

American Dental Hygienists Association National Scholarships
ADHA/Colgate “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” Minority Scholarships

$1,250

Two scholarships are awarded through the Institute of Oral Health to members of minority groups currently underrepresented in dental hygiene programs at the certificate or associate educational level, including students who are African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and men. Applications open in the fall.

Crest Oral-B Laboratories Dental Hygiene Scholarships

$1,000

Sponsored by Procter & Gamble, two Institute of Oral Health scholarships are awarded to applicants at the bachelor’s degree level who are prepared to promote professional excellence and scholarship, undertake quality research, and encourage dental hygiene through public and private education. Applications open in the fall.

Hu-Friedy/Dr. Esther Wilkins Instrument Scholarship

$1,000 in Instrumentation

For five dental hygiene students pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree necessary for a career in dental hygiene education per year. Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing a certificate, associate or bachelor’s level education. Applications open in the fall.

Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship

$1,000

This scholarship is awarded to one student pursuing a graduate degree in dental hygiene or a related field per year. Applicants must be professional or student members of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Applications open in the fall.

Karla Girts Memorial Community Outreach Scholarship

$2,000

This scholarship is for associate, bachelor’s or degree completion program students who display a commitment to improving oral health within the geriatric population and hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applications open in the fall and must be accompanied by an essay.

Scholarships for Academic Excellence

$1,000

The Institute for Oral Health awards two scholarships for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree and three scholarships to students pursuing a certificate or associate degree. Applications open in the fall.

Sigma Phi Alpha Scholarships

$1,000

Three scholarships from the Institute for Oral Health assist outstanding students, either a potential future member of Sigma Phi Alpha or a current member in good standing, who are pursuing an associate degree or a certificate, a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree in dental hygiene or a related field. Graduate scholarship applicants must be professional or student members of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. Applications open in the fall.

Young Innovations Scholarship

$2,500

This scholarship offers funds for one student pursuing a bachelor’s degree and one student pursuing a certificate or associate degree in dental hygiene per year. Reviewers are interested in students who demonstrate outreach activities, volunteerism, and leadership qualities. Applications open in the fall.

American Dental Hygienists Association Regional Scholarships
Alice Hinchcliffe Williams, RDH, MS Graduate Merit Scholarship

$1,500

This scholarship is for a part- or full-time dental hygienist pursuing a graduate degree in dental hygiene or taking accredited degree studies related to dental hygiene. Applicants must possess an active dental license and reside in Virginia, though they do not have to attend school in Virginia. Applications open in the fall.

Carol Bauhs Benson Scholarship

$1,000

This scholarship offered through the Institute for Oral Health is for students pursuing an associate’s degree or certificate in dental hygiene or a related field and who reside in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Applications open in the fall.

Wilma Motley Memorial California Merit Scholarship

$2,000

This scholarship through the Institute for Oral Health is available for three students pursuing undergraduate degrees, a certificate, degree completion, RDHAP, or graduate degrees in dental hygiene or related field. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership experience, maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and either reside in California or attend a dental hygiene program in California. Applications open in the fall.

Hawai’i Community Foundation Scholarships
Cora Aguda Manayan Fund

Varies

Filipino Hawaii residents may apply for this scholarship through the Hawai’i Community Foundation if they are full-time graduate students attending a two- or four-year accredited institution in Hawaii and majoring in a health-related field. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average. Applications close in February.

Dr. Hans and Clara Zimmerman Foundation Health Scholarships

Varies

Residents of Hawaii may apply for these scholarships through the Hawai’i Community Foundation if they are full-time college seniors or graduate students attending an accredited four-year college and majoring in a health-related field. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The application deadline is in February.

Robanna Fund

Varies

The Hawai’i Community Foundation provides this scholarship for residents of Hawaii who are full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in a health-related field, attending an accredited two- or four-year institution. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applications are due in February.

Hispanic Dental Association Scholarships
Dr. Esperanza Rodriguez Scholarship

$1,000

The Hispanic Dental Association offers a scholarship to support a second or third year student pursuing dental training. Recipients must attend the HDA’s annual meeting to accept the award, and the HDA provides a scholarship package to include a $500 travel reimbursement and complimentary annual meeting registration. Applications open in the spring.

Hispanic Dental Association Foundation Scholarship

$750 for dental auxiliary students, $1,500 for dentistry students

This scholarship offers up to six awards every year. Recipients must attend the Hispanic Dental Association’s annual meeting to accept the award, and the HDA provides a scholarship package to include a $500 travel reimbursement and complimentary annual meeting registration. Applications open in the spring.

Indian Health Services Scholarships
Indian Health Services Pre-Graduate Scholarship

Varies

This scholarship through IHS covers tuition, fees, required materials and provides a monthly stipend for American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate students who are members or descendants of federally recognized, state recognized or terminated tribes. Applicants must pursue a bachelor’s degree in a health field needed by American Indian health programs, maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average and commit to continuing education in their health profession program.

Indian Health Services Health Professions Scholarship

Varies

The IHS covers tuition, fees and required materials, and also provides a monthly stipend for American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students who are members of federally recognized tribes. Applicants must pursue higher education in a field needed by American Indian health programs, maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and commit to a minimum two-year full-time clinical practice at an Indian health facility upon graduation.

National Dental Hygienists Association National Scholarships
NDHA Albreta Merritt Scholarship

Up to $1,000 for Undergrads or $2,500 for Graduate Students

A runner-up scholarship for any of the NDHA scholarships listed below, awarded to the next highest scoring student in each category.

NDHA First & Second Year Student Scholarships

Up to $1,000

For one first and one second year student enrolled in an accredited dental hygiene program per year. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher, be a U.S. citizen and member of the NDHA, submit two letters of recommendation, establish financial need and write an essay detailing leadership skills, community service and future goals. Deadlines are in March.

NDHA Graduate Scholarship

Up to $2,500

Open to a student who has been members of the NDHA for at least three years, who graduated from a CODA accredited dental hygiene program and possesses an active dental license. Application requirements include a 3.0 or higher GPA, U.S. citizenship, proof of enrollment in a fully accredited master’s or doctoral program in dental administration, education, science, leadership or public health. Student must also demonstrate financial need and submit an essay. Closing deadline is mid-March.

NDHA Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

Up to $1,000

For students who have completed another degree program and are returning to or enrolling in an accredited dental hygiene school. Open to first and second year students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher who are U.S. citizens and have two letters of recommendation, who can establish financial need and leadership, community service and future goals in an essay. Applications are due by March.

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Additional Aid for Dental Hygiene Students

While scholarships help reduce school costs and do not have to be repaid, they may only get students part of the way through college, or may only cover a small portion of tuition and fees. There are still other ways to get help paying for dental school, learn about the options schools offer to ease funding frustrations and how to request local grants or federal financial aid with the examples below.

Some colleges offer payment plans that allow students to pay tuition in installments rather than all at once. Students may set up annual, semester or monthly payment plans through their chosen school. While plans do not charge interest, there may be an enrollment fee, usually under $50 per installment. Students should check when payments are due, if interest accumulates and ask if there are startup or late fees for their college’s school payment plan.

Dental students attending Marquette University can sign up for a monthly payment plan which allows students to pay tuition, fees, university housing and/or meal charges in five equal monthly installments at no interest, though there is a $35 enrollment fee each semester. Students on financial aid may have to submit a budget before they receive their aid, but can adjust their monthly payments after they receive it. Payments may be made by check, money order, credit card or automatic charge.

Students attending Boston University may budget all or part of their academic payments in five equal monthly installments at no interest, though there is a $35 enrollment fee each semester, with other potential fees. There are also deferred payment plans for part-time students, but dental students are not eligible for these plans as they are required to attend degree programs full-time.

Another source of financial aid may come in the form of grants. These are typically need-based rather than merit-based, and can come from federal, state or local government departments, corporations or local businesses and foundations, trusts and non-profit groups. Some grants require repayment, while some do not.

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This program helps Arkansas residents attend certain out-of-state accredited health and medical graduate or professional programs that are unavailable in Arkansas, including accredited dental schools. The grant allows students to pay in-state tuition, even though they are non-residents, or attend out of state colleges for reduced tuition. Applications are rolling and reviewed on a monthly basis.

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These federal grants are for undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree and who have a clean criminal record. The amount awarded depends on a student’s financial need, college costs, their status as a part- or full-time student and whether they attend school for a full academic year. Students can only receive this grant for twelve semesters or six years.

$100 to $4,000

Students must fill out a FAFSA to receive this federal grant. Priority is given to students who receive a Federal Pell Grant have the most financial need. Not all schools accept this grant, and both the number of grants and the amounts given depends on an individual school’s available FSEOG funds.

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This grant can be used to pay for educational and living expenses for Illinois dental school students. Funds are only available to students in good academic standing, and are awarded for up to four years. Applicants must establish financial need, provide a cost estimate analysis and send proof of dental school acceptance to be considered.

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This grant is awarded to doctoral level students who propose a clinical training and research plan in specific health-related fields, including dental work, that will help lead to earning their doctoral degree. The award provides up to six years of support, composed of stipends and money for tuition, fees and other eligible institutional allowances, such as disability accommodations, for fulfilling their research plan.

These programs are usually offered through various large-scale employers as part of an incentive to continue employee education. It can be a way to pursue higher certification while already working, as most programs only reimburse an employee after they complete their courses. Check out the following examples of dental hygiene tuition reimbursement plans.

Up to $12,000

This conditional loan is provided to students who commit to work in a designated professional health care shortage area in New Mexico, including dental hygienists. For every year of service, up to $12,000 of the loan is forgiven, and if the full service obligation is met, 100% of the loan is eligible for reimbursement. Award amounts are assigned based on financial need.

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The VA’s tuition support program may be an option for dental hygiene students. Students in health care fields identified as VA shortage areas are eligible for school funding. VA jobs are appointed, and require a degree approved by the Council on Dental Education, American Dental Association, a license to practice in the state and at least one-year post-graduate training or equivalent.

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In addition to a standard employee benefits package, Gentle Dental also offers a tuition reimbursement program for dental hygienists and other employees. Grads are required to have a dental hygiene degree from an accredited program and an active state dental hygiene license. Tuition reimbursement varies by office and position.

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Pacific Dental Services provides tuition reimbursement plans as part of their employee benefits package. Hygiene program graduates at a variety of levels committed to continuing their education in the dental field can apply, and employees must hold a degree or certification from an accredited dental college, technical school or the equivalent.

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Anyone applying for federal financial aid should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA. This application generates a statement of a student’s financial need, then sends that report to the colleges a student listed and the schools present a report of the financial aid they can offer a student: scholarships, grants, work-study, federal student loans, state government or college loans, and private loans.

$3,000

In New Mexico, the state offers a $3,000 tax credit to dental hygienists per year of licensed, full-time work. Work must be completed at a rural practice site in New Mexico, including private practices, community health clinics, IHS Tribal offices and hospitals. Work can be split between multiple locations, but must total 2,080 hours of work per year to qualify for the maximum credit. Part-time workers can apply for a partial tax credit.

Up to $41,000

The Vermont Legislature awards this interest-free loan to Vermont residents currently enrolled in a dental hygiene program at any accredited school approved for federal Title IV funding, even those outside the state of Vermont. Applicants must intend to work as dentists in Vermont for at least one year following their graduation. The number of scholarships awarded varies.

Extra Expenses for Dental Hygiene Students

Dental school tuition is costly, especially for students attending college outside of their home state, but there are also more expenses that go along with going to dental school. The following are some dental education expenses that are unusual and unavoidable, though there may be ways to get help paying these fees or materials costs.

Books and Dental Equipment

Medical textbooks are expensive, though textbooks may be available for e-readers such as Kindles for much less than hard-copy books. While programs provide the larger equipment that students work with, they may be responsible for their own smaller tools.

$ Private scholarships can apply to textbooks and tools; college scholarships may or may not.
Licensure Exam Fees

Dental college graduates will have to pass the National Board Dental Examinations and a state or regional exam. These fees range from a few hundred to a thousand dollars.

$ This is an out-of-pocket expense.
Lab Fees

Medical and dental students take many classes that require lab work. Programs charge students a fee for using a laboratory in order to maintain the quality of the equipment.

$ College financial aid may apply to these fees.
Medical/Health Insurance

Many dental schools require students to have health insurance. They offer programs through the school, but students may also have their own outside health insurance.

$ College financial aid may apply if the insurance is through the school.
Medical Liability Fees

Graduate students who are part of a college’s clinic and who are gaining practical experience in more elite dentistry may need to pay liability fees to the school because they are engaging with patients in a medical setting.

$ College financial aid may apply to these fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarship Calculator

Determine what a good dental hygiene program budget looks like. Combine tuition cost, extra expenses and estimated financial aid in the calculator below to determine how much money is needed to pay for dental school. It is helpful to see which gaps need to be filled in after financial aid and scholarships are taken into account, and can help students see their remaining out-of-pocket expenses.

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Dental Hygiene Loan Repayment Options

The U.S. Department of Education advises students to seek scholarships and grants, which do not have to be repaid, before turning to student loans. When loans are needed, there are ways for dental hygienists to have their debt forgiven or repaid by another entity, usually in exchange for work with an organization or community. Discover which organizations offer tuition reimbursement or loan repayment programs below, complete with a list of eligibility and service obligations.

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Alabama Board of Dental Scholarship Loan Repayment Who is Eligible?

Dental professionals working in areas identified as critically in need of dental services, or in the Alabama Public Health sector.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Dental professionals working in areas identified as critically in need of dental services, or in the Alabama Public Health sector.
Service Obligations and Options
  • Year-long commitment minimum
  • Applicants may establish number of years willing to serve
Forgiveness Amount
  • $3,000 per year in communities with populations less than 5,000
  • $2,400 per year in communities with populations of 5,000 to 15,000
  • $1,200 per year in communities with populations of 15,000 to 100,000
  • $2,400 per year for Alabama Public Health employees
Alaska SHARP Program Who is Eligible?

Professionals working in designated health care service shortage areas in Alaska, including dental hygienists.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Professionals working in designated health care service shortage areas in Alaska, including dental hygienists.
Service Obligations and Options
  • Full-time and half-time appointments available
  • Initial three-year service obligation
  • Three-year service renewals available
Forgiveness Amount
  • Full-time and half-time appointments available
  • Initial three-year service obligation
  • Three-year service renewals available