Financial Aid & Scholarships for Ultrasound Technicians Find ways to pay for sonography school and calculate your total expenses

The images captured by ultrasound technicians, also called diagnostic medical sonographers, can be essential to proper medical diagnosis and treatment. As with other medical fields, ultrasound technicians must complete rigorous training to ensure scans are effective and safe. Ultrasound technician degree programs at four-year accredited universities, two-year community colleges, online schools and every option in between can be expensive. Costs can continue to add up when one accounts for certification and licensing costs. Fortunately, there are many types of financial aid and scholarships that can offset or prevent student debt altogether. Read on to discover all the ways you can save while pursuing your sonographer degree.

Scholarships for Ultrasound Technicians & Sonographers

Professionals often recover their ultrasound technician training investment fairly quickly once in the field, but the cost associated with certificates, two- or four-year degrees can still be daunting. It is important for aspiring medical sonographers to take advantage of financial opportunities and apply for as many scholarships as possible before and during their studies. Check out some of the scholarships available to sonography students below.

Ultrasound Technician & Medical Sonography Scholarships

These national and regional scholarships were designed to support ultrasound technician and diagnostic medical sonography students exclusively. Please note that only students attending accredited sonography programs are typically eligible for awards.

  • The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Educational Foundation

    $2,500

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    • The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers Educational Foundation

      $2,500

      This annual award is given to one or more sonography students who are SDMS members and enrolled in a school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The deadline is December 31 for spring and summer sessions, and June 30 for fall and winter sessions.

  • SDMS Foundation Sonographer Advanced Degree Scholarship Program

    $2,500

    See Description

  • The International Foundation for Sonography Education and Research

    $500

    See Description

  • Anne Jones Scholarship of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)

    $2,500

    See Description

    • Anne Jones Scholarship of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)

      $2,500

      This award is given to one full-time student actively enrolled in an accredited sonography program. Applicants must submit two professional letters of recommendation, a 500-word essay and information about their financial need, among other qualifications. The deadline is February 17.

  • The Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship Award

    $1,000

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    • The Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship Award

      $1,000

      This scholarship awards one full-time student $1,000, plus complimentary registration and travel support for ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions. Applicants must attend accredited ultrasound schools. The deadline is October 23.

  • Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship

    4,000

    See Description

  • Anne Jones Scholarship of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU)

    $2,500

    This award is given to one full-time student actively enrolled in an accredited sonography program. Applicants must submit two professional letters of recommendation, a 500-word essay and information about their financial need, among other qualifications. The deadline is February 17.

  • The Alan D. Waggoner Sonographer Student Scholarship Award

    $1,000

    This scholarship awards one full-time student $1,000, plus complimentary registration and travel support for ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions. Applicants must attend accredited ultrasound schools. The deadline is October 23.

  • Royce Osborn Minority Student Scholarship

    4,000

    This annual program awards five $4,000 scholarships to entry-level minority sonography students. The application opens on November 1.

  • Raymond Davis Scholarship

    $1,000

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    • Raymond Davis Scholarship

      $1,000

      This scholarship supports students enrolled in two- or four-year accredited sonographic imaging degree programs. Applications are due December 15.

  • John C. Volderauer Scholarship

    Varies

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    • John C. Volderauer Scholarship

      Varies

      This scholarship is available to sonography students residing in Kalamazoo County, Mich. Students must complete an application, demonstrate financial need, and provide transcripts and a letter of recommendation by September 15.

  • Sonosite Hand-Carried Ultrasound (HCU) Award

    $1,500

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    • Sonosite Hand-Carried Ultrasound (HCU) Award

      $1,500

      This award is reserved for sonography students who can provide research to demonstrate the positive economic, clinical or ergonomic benefits of using HCU. Deadline varies.

  • Raymond Davis Scholarship

    $1,000

    This scholarship supports students enrolled in two- or four-year accredited sonographic imaging degree programs. Applications are due December 15.

  • John C. Volderauer Scholarship

    Varies

    This scholarship is available to sonography students residing in Kalamazoo County, Mich. Students must complete an application, demonstrate financial need, and provide transcripts and a letter of recommendation by September 15.

  • Sonosite Hand-Carried Ultrasound (HCU) Award

    $1,500

    This award is reserved for sonography students who can provide research to demonstrate the positive economic, clinical or ergonomic benefits of using HCU. Deadline varies.

  • Philips Healthcare Imaging Award

    $1,000

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    • Philips Healthcare Imaging Award

      $1,000

      These awards are presented to graduate sonography students to support new research in ultrasonic imaging. Eligible applicants must be certified and members of a professional sonography organization.

  • IFSER Graduate Research Award

    $1,000

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    • IFSER Graduate Research Award

      $1,000

      This scholarship is designed for students pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in sonography. Applicants must be both certified and members of a professional sonography organization. The deadline is June 30.

  • Jerman-Cahoon Student Scholarship

    $2,500

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    • Jerman-Cahoon Student Scholarship

      $2,500

      This program offers six $2,500 scholarships to entry-level students enrolled in accredited sonography schools. Awardees who meet specified requirements may renew their scholarships annually. Application opens on November 1.

  • Philips Healthcare Imaging Award

    $1,000

    These awards are presented to graduate sonography students to support new research in ultrasonic imaging. Eligible applicants must be certified and members of a professional sonography organization.

  • IFSER Graduate Research Award

    $1,000

    This scholarship is designed for students pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in sonography. Applicants must be both certified and members of a professional sonography organization. The deadline is June 30.

  • Jerman-Cahoon Student Scholarship

    $2,500

    This program offers six $2,500 scholarships to entry-level students enrolled in accredited sonography schools. Awardees who meet specified requirements may renew their scholarships annually. Application opens on November 1.

General Scholarships in Allied Healthcare

These scholarships are open to all students in the allied healthcare field, including ultrasound technicians. Competition for these awards may be more challenging, as students in all allied healthcare programs (such as nurses, MRI technologists and medical assistants) are also eligible to apply. Again, only candidates attending accredited degree programs are generally eligible for these awards.

  • CampusRN

    $2,500

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    • CampusRN

      $2,500

      This program offers scholarships to one health-related career applicant in each of six U.S. regions. Students must fill out an application and submit an essay.

  • Sharps Scholarship Program

    $750-$1,500

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    • Sharps Scholarship Program

      $750-$1,500

      This scholarship is for U.S. or Canadian citizens studying health-related fields at accredited universities. Applicants must submit an essay by June 26.

  • Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program

    $8,000

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    • Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program

      $8,000

      This program supports students enrolled in health-related programs of study. Winners may receive up to $8,000 for one year of school in exchange for a twelve-month service obligation practicing full-time, direct patient care at qualified facilities in California.

  • CampusRN

    $2,500

    This program offers scholarships to one health-related career applicant in each of six U.S. regions. Students must fill out an application and submit an essay.

  • Sharps Scholarship Program

    $750-$1,500

    This scholarship is for U.S. or Canadian citizens studying health-related fields at accredited universities. Applicants must submit an essay by June 26.

  • Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program

    $8,000

    This program supports students enrolled in health-related programs of study. Winners may receive up to $8,000 for one year of school in exchange for a twelve-month service obligation practicing full-time, direct patient care at qualified facilities in California.

  • Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

    $10,000 total in 40 awards

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    • Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

      $10,000 total in 40 awards

      This annual award is divided among forty students pursuing accredited health-related degrees. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, community involvement and the desire to care for others. The deadline is June 30.

  • Rudi J. Bertrand Veterans Student Scholarship

    Varies

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  • Varian Student Scholarship

    Varies

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    • Varian Student Scholarship

      Varies

      This scholarship is reserved for students beginning their first year in accredited medical-related degree programs. One can use funds for tuition, room and board, and supplies. Application must be received by May 1.

  • Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

    $10,000 total in 40 awards

    This annual award is divided among forty students pursuing accredited health-related degrees. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, community involvement and the desire to care for others. The deadline is June 30.

  • Rudi J. Bertrand Veterans Student Scholarship

    Varies

    This unique program assists military veterans enrolled in full-time JRCERT-accredited medical programs. Applicants must be AAMD members. Deadline is May 1.

  • Varian Student Scholarship

    Varies

    This scholarship is reserved for students beginning their first year in accredited medical-related degree programs. One can use funds for tuition, room and board, and supplies. Application must be received by May 1.

  • Laura Ford Scholarship

    $2,000

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    • Laura Ford Scholarship

      $2,000

      This scholarship provides financial assistance to Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists members interested in the field of radiography, including prospective sonographers. Applicants must attend approved programs and continue their educations immediately. The application deadline is December 1.

  • Walmart Foundation

    Varies

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    • Walmart Foundation

      Varies

      Walmart Foundation employees and their children who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for scholarships in a number of fields, including ultrasound technology and sonography. Eligible candidates must complete FAFSA applications.

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund

     

    See Description

    • Hispanic Scholarship Fund

       

      This fund supports undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral minority students. It is available to any student enrolled in any accredited degree program, including sonography degrees. The deadline is March 30.

  • Laura Ford Scholarship

    $2,000

    This scholarship provides financial assistance to Virginia Society of Radiologic Technologists members interested in the field of radiography, including prospective sonographers. Applicants must attend approved programs and continue their educations immediately. The application deadline is December 1.

  • Walmart Foundation

    Varies

    Walmart Foundation employees and their children who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for scholarships in a number of fields, including ultrasound technology and sonography. Eligible candidates must complete FAFSA applications.

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund

     

    This fund supports undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral minority students. It is available to any student enrolled in any accredited degree program, including sonography degrees. The deadline is March 30.

  • Undergraduate Scholarship Program

    $20,000

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    • Undergraduate Scholarship Program

      $20,000

      This program is specifically for financially disadvantaged students committed to careers in health-related research. The winner will receive up to $20,000 per academic year for up to four years.

  • AMVETS Organization

    $1000-$4000

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    • AMVETS Organization

      $1000-$4000

      This organization awards scholarships to active or veteran military servicemembers, their children or their grandchildren. The application cycle is from January 18-April 30.

  • Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

    Varies

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  • Undergraduate Scholarship Program

    $20,000

    This program is specifically for financially disadvantaged students committed to careers in health-related research. The winner will receive up to $20,000 per academic year for up to four years.

  • AMVETS Organization

    $1000-$4000

    This organization awards scholarships to active or veteran military servicemembers, their children or their grandchildren. The application cycle is from January 18-April 30.

  • Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS)

    Varies

    The scholarship is open to any health science student from a disadvantaged background. Participating schools must be accredited and select recipients. Deadline varies.

  • Gunilla Bentel Scholarship

    $5,000

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    • Gunilla Bentel Scholarship

      $5,000

      This scholarship is open to any AAMD member enrolled in a JRCERT-accredited medical degree program. Recipients must commit to continuing their studies. Applications are due May 1.

  • Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women

    Varies

    See Description

  • Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarship

    $1,000

    See Description

    • Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarship

      $1,000

      This scholarship is available to any student studying a health-related field. Students must submit a 150-word essay to qualify for this award by September 1.

  • Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women

    Varies

    This scholarship is specifically for women interested in medical careers. The application deadline is July 31.

  • Waechter Medical-Legal Scholarship

    $1,000

    This scholarship is available to any student studying a health-related field. Students must submit a 150-word essay to qualify for this award by September 1.

Other Ways to Pay:
Additional Financial Aid for Ultrasound Technicians

Although scholarships can be a great source of free money, there are many other financial aid options to consider based on one’s level of financial need, background, employment and other more. Check out the aid programs below to review just some of them.

School Payment Plans
Student Loans

One can receive student loans from the federal government or a private institution. These must be paid back either immediately, or upon the completion of your degree, depending on the loan. Some are eligible for government subsidization. The Federal Perkins Loan, Direct Stafford Loan and PLUS loan are a few examples of federal loans.

Financial Aid Office Assistance

Many schools offer their students special payment programs. Visit your school’s financial aid office to learn what types of payment plans are available.

Grants
Federal Pell Grants

Undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for Federal Pell Grants. For the 2016-17 award year, students can get up to $5,815, depending on the cost of attendance, whether they attend full- or part-time, and whether they intend to complete a full academic year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

FSEOGs are “campus-based” aid administered by the financial aid office at each participating school. Students must fill out a FAFSA application. Those who qualify may receive between $100 and $4,000 a year.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants

Students may be eligible for this option if a parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan. To qualify for this grant, students must not be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant on the basis of your Expected Family Contribution.

Tuition Reimbursement Programs
Speak to Your Employer

Hospitals or clinics who employ sonographers may provide financial assistance to students looking to major in this field. They may choose to either pay part or all of the tuition price up front, or offer reimbursements after passing grades are verified. Speak to an employer about your options.

Additional Options
Military Service Plans

Civilian education benefits are a long-held military tradition – one that helps veterans transition to a successful career. Active and veteran service members can review their options online through the Military OneStop resource tool. Prospective students considering the military should visit a local military branch recruitment center to learn more about active-duty or veteran education benefits.

Extra Expenses for Sonography Students

Although tuition is the greatest cost associated with sonography degree programs, other fees and materials can add an extra 20 percent or more to that total. It is important for prospective students to be aware of these extra costs and prepare for them, either by saving up to pay out-of-pocket, or gaining additional scholarships and other forms of financial aid to cover the them. Here is a list of some potential costs to consider.

Textbooks

Textbooks are expensive; medical and healthcare textbooks even more so. However, many scholarships and grants provide for books as well.

Housing

Student housing and living costs can become a very expensive necessity. While many scholarships and grants don’t specifically cover these, any extra financial aid money can. Specific university scholarships may also offer lodging assistance.

Certification Fees

A certificate in sonography typically costs anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000, and can be completed in one to two years. Depending on the organization that is offering the certification program, financial assistance may be available.

ARDMS Registration Test

The registration test for sonographers costs $200 and is administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. There is also an annual renewal fee of $60. This is an out-of-pocket cost that lets applicants who pass the test practice as Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS).

Licensing Requirement

Sonographers in Oregon, New Mexico, West Virginia and New Jersey must be licensed to practice. This can be an out-of-pocket cost of about $120.

What Will You Pay? Financial Aid & Scholarship Calculator

As the scholarships start to come in, it can be difficult to keep track of money received and money that still needs to be paid. This interactive calculator can help students to estimate their tuition cost and extra expenses. Enter scholarship and financial aid amounts to calculate your remaining out-of-pocket obligation.

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Additional Resources for Sonography Students

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)

This is a medical association for students, physicians, sonographers, scientists, and other health professionals that seek to advance the safety and effectiveness of ultrasound in medicine.

American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)

This group administers examinations and awards credentials in areas of ultrasound.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

The ARRT certifies and registers technologists through education, ethics, and examination requirements to ensure high-quality patient care.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

The CAAHEP is the largest accrediting organization in the health sciences field and accredits over 2,000 educational programs.

Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)

This nonprofit organization works to maintain and promote quality standards for educational programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)

This is a network of over 28,000 sonographers, students, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers who work to advance and promote the science of diagnostic medical sonography.