Finances & Scholarships

Financial Assistance

We applaud you for wanting to further your education. Now you may be thinking about how to pay for your course. We have listed some options here, and we encourage you to check with your bank or credit union as well.

We offer these forms of financial assistance for our courses:

  • Payment Plan: Paramedic, EMT, and Phlebotomy Education courses only
  • Veteran's Assistance Benefits/GI Bill®: EMT & Paramedic Programs Only

Students enrolled in our programs are not eligible to participate in Title IV Federal Financial Aid Programs.

Payment Plans

Without a payment plan, students are required to pay the full course fee at the time of enrollment. Please visit our Payment Plan web page for more information on how to enroll in one of our courses through a payment plan.

Veteran's Assistance Benefits/GI Bill® (EMT & Paramedic Programs Only)

If you are an Armed Services veteran and believe you may qualify for GI Bill funding for our Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic courses, please review our Veteran's Assistance Benefits web page.

Tom W. Olofson Scholarship

Tom W. Olofson was a successful business executive, investor, and philanthropist. Mr. Olofson took delight during his life in supporting a variety of philanthropic efforts, and in his memory, his family has established the first scholarship to award full course fees for the UCLA Paramedic Program. In addition to the full course fee scholarship, the Tom W. Olofson Scholarship awards a second student up to $2,000 toward course fees. For more information and to apply, please visit the Tom W. Olofson Scholarship page.

Marshall T. Morgan, MD Memorial Scholarship (EMT & Paramedic Programs)

Established in memory of longtime UCLA emergency physician Marshall T. Morgan, this program provides two scholarships annually to students admitted to the UCLA Paramedic Education Program. The scholarship will award up to $3000 toward UCLA Paramedic course fees and materials. Application information will be sent to those eligible after acceptance into the UCLA Paramedic Program. Please see the Marshall Morgan Scholarship page for details.

Derrick Schiller Memorial Scholarship

Derrick Schiller graduated from the UCLA Paramedic Program in January 2017 and tragically passed away later that year. In his memory, Derrick's family has established the Derrick Schiller Memorial Scholarship to support Paramedic students who, like Derrick, come from families of firefighters or paramedics. For more information, please visit the Derrick Schiller Memorial Scholarship page.

Mitch Sekine Memorial Scholarship (Paramedic Program)

Michihito “Mitch” Sekine was a graduate of the September 2005 UCLA-Daniel Freeman Paramedic Education Program who was tragically killed on August 3, 2007, as a result of a fatal traffic collision.  To honor Mitch’s memory, his family and friends established the Mitch Sekine Memorial Scholarship to support the education of future paramedic students at the UCLA-Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program by awarding one student in each of our paramedic courses the amount of $2,000 towards tuition. Application information will be sent to those eligible after acceptance into the UCLA Paramedic Program. For more information, please contact the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care at

Ryan M. Sorek Memorial Scholarship (Paramedic Program)

Ryan Michael Sorek was a graduate of the 2002 UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program and a passionate and dedicated paramedic who saved many lives in his lifetime. Ryan tragically passed away on March 9, 2007, as a result of an on-duty exposure at the young age of 25. To honor Ryan's memory and to keep his drive and passion alive in the emergency medicine community, Face Off With Cancer has established the Ryan M. Sorek Memorial Scholarship to support the education of future students at the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care Paramedic Program. For more information and to apply for the scholarship, please visit the Ryan M. Sorek Memorial Scholarship page.

Robert E. Davis Memorial Scholarship (Paramedic Testing & Licensure Fees)

A benefactor has made funding available through the Robert E. Davis Memorial Scholarship to help support testing and licensure fees in the amount of $420 for private students in the UCLA Paramedic Program. This scholarship honors the memory of Robert E. Davis and his devotion to serving his country, his family, and his community by supporting private paramedic students at a time in the program when they may need it the most. Please see the Robert E. Davis Scholarship page for details.

NAEMT Scholarships

For current NAEMT members: NAEMT offers Active members a variety of scholarships to advance their education and careers.

  • First Responders (to become EMT-Basic): Up to $500 each. Offered twice a year.
  • EMT-Basic (to become an EMT-Paramedic): Up to $5000 each. Offered twice a year.
  • Paramedics (to advance education in the realm of EMS): Up to $2000 each. Offered twice a year.
  • NAEMT-Columbia Southern University Scholarship: Up to 60 credit hours toward an online degree program. Offered annually. Applications accepted July 30 to October 31.

To apply or learn more, login to the Member Portal at and select "Scholarships."

For EMT students: Scholarships are also available for those interested in starting an EMS career.