The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program provides annual scholarships to full-time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enrolled in the Doctor in Dental Medicine (DMD) program at the University of Puerto Rico. The SDS program is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services Administration (HRSA) and applications are separate from other scholarship applications at the University of Puerto Rico. The maximum award in SDS funds is $16,000 per academic year and is renewable if funds are available and program criteria are met. Applicants should be advised that student loans may be reduced to accommodate SDS awards. No financial aid awards may exceed the estimated cost of attendance. Eligibility for an award does not guarantee a scholarship, as funding is limited. Students must apply to this program yearly as long as the Institution is granted an award.


• Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at The parental income will be used to determine a student’s eligibility for economically disadvantaged, in all cases, except when the student is considered independent [at least 24 years old and not listed as a dependent on parents’ Federal income tax for three (3) or more years]. Dependent applicants must complete the “parental income section.”

• Students must submit to the Financial Aid Office the last three (3) years of both, their own and their parents’ tax returns and/or statements from the Puerto Rico Treasury Department (Departamento de Hacienda) that he or she was not required to file taxes. Students must also report their own, spouse’s, and/or parent’s assets and other resources, such as trust funds or family member support. Students who are not residents of Puerto Rico must present evidence of federal tax returns submitted.

• Students must provide documentation of their age.

• Students must be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.

• Students must be enrolled in the DMD Program at the University of Puerto Rico.

• Students must make satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the School of Dental Medicine policies.