Financial Aid & 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 assistance in paying for our courses:

  • Payment Plan: Paramedic Education courses only
  • Federal Financial Aid: Available via West L.A. College for the Paramedic Program only
  • Veteran's Assistance Benefits/G.I. Bill (EMT & Paramedic Programs Only)

Payment plans

To enroll into one of our courses, you must pay the course fee at the time you register. We cannot reserve a spot in a course for you without payment. There are limited payment plans available only for our Paramedic courses at this time. For details and requirements, please see the Financial Assistance section of the Paramedic cost page.

f the pages above do not answer your question(s) 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 into the UCLA Paramedic Education. Financial aid for this program is administered by West Los Angeles College Financial Aid Office, and is only available to Paramedic students who also enroll with West L.A. College for college credit. For more information about financial aid and other ways to pay for the paramedic program, check out the Costs & Budgeting section.

Veteran's Assistance Benefits/G.I. Bill (EMT & Paramedic Programs Only)

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

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 died 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 the 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 help support the education of future paramedic students at the UCLA-Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program, Mitch’s beloved alma mater.

One student in each of our paramedic course will be awarded a $2,000 tuition scholarship.

Only accepted private (non-fire department sponsored) students in each class are eligible to apply for the 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 the scholarship can contact the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care, at

For questions about the scholarship fund, donations, and/or to be added to the contact list for future events, please contact the Mitch Sekine Memorial Fund Committee at

If you know someone that is interested in donating (donations are tax deductible) please click here for more information.

Ryan M. Sorek Memorial Scholarship (Paramedic Program)

Ryan Michael Sorek was a passionate and dedicated paramedic who saved many lives during his brief time on earth.

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 scholarships are limited to members of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and are designed to support advancement of EMS personnel, e.g. from First Responder to EMT-Basic, or EMT-Basic to Paramedic.)