Finances & Scholarships

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 and Phlebotomy Education courses only
  • Veteran's Assistance Benefits/GI Bill®: EMT & Paramedic Programs Only
  • Federal Financial Aid: Available via West L.A. College for the Paramedic Program only

Payment Plans

Without a payment plan, students are required to pay the full course fee at the time of enrollment. By establishing a payment plan, we work to schedule tuition and fee payments in a way that is right for you. To enroll in one of our courses through a payment plan, a fee is still requisite at the time you register in order to reserve your spot in the course. We are unable to reserve a spot for you without payment. There are payment plans available only for our Paramedic, EMT, and Phlebotomy courses at this time. For details and requirements, please see the Financial Assistance section of the Paramedic cost page.

If you have additional questions about a payment plan, please contact our Main Office for assistance.

Federal Financial Aid (Paramedic Program Only)

Federal Financial Aid is only available for students enrolling in the UCLA Paramedic Education Program. Financial aid for this program is administered by the West Los Angeles College Financial Aid Office and is only available to Paramedic students who enroll with West L.A. College for college credit. For more information about financial aid and other ways to pay for the paramedic program, see the Costs & Budgeting page.

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 web site section on Veteran's Assistance Benefits.

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.

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.

Tom W. Olofson Scholarship

Tom W. Olofson was a successful business executive, attorney, 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.

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.

Only accepted private (non-fire department sponsored) students in each class are eligible to apply for the Sekine scholarship.  The scholarship application and details are given out to students at the time each class is accepted.  Students must have a demonstrated financial need and meet the selection criteria as established by the Selection Committee.

Students with questions about scholarship eligibility or logistics can contact the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care at cpc@mednet.ucla.edu.

For questions about the scholarship fund, donations, or to be added to the contact list for events and announcements, please contact the Mitch Sekine Memorial Fund Committee at MitchLivesOn@gmail.com.

If you know someone that is interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the Sekine scholarship, find more information here.

Ryan M. Sorek Memorial Scholarship (Paramedic Program)

Ryan Michael Sorek was a passionate and dedicated paramedic who saved many lives in his lifetime.

After graduating from the UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic program in 2002, Ryan worked as a paramedic in California while staying current on all of the latest procedures and protocols.  He later accepted a position as a paramedic with Hennepin County Medical Center in Minnesota, where he moved in 2005 to start a family.

On the morning of March 9, 2007, Ryan was found unresponsive in his home where he returned after a particularly stressful and late shift.  Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and it was later determined that the cause of Ryan's death was lymphocytic myocarditis as the 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.

Outside Scholarships (EMT & Paramedic Programs)

Bound Tree and NAEMT both offer scholarships; please visit their pages for details. (The NAEMT Foundation Scholarship supports EMT and EMR students who are student members of the NAEMT.)

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.