Financial Assistance

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified students. Applications should be requested from the Academy Foundation in the student's senior year. Lamar University dietetic interns are also eligible to apply for department and graduate school scholarships.  Dietetic Interns are eligible to apply for student loans and to apply for loan deferment.

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Student Financial Responsibility

Interns will be responsible for all personal and professional expenses generated.  Students should expect to assume the following expenses during the DI/MS.

1. Pre-internship expenses: Immunizations, physical exam, criminal background check, drug screen, and CPR certification.

2. Housing and utilities

3. Food

4. Insurance of all types

  1. Student malpractice and personal liability insurance during the DI/MS. (Group liability insurance is obtained by the Department, but each student must assume responsibility for paying the student premium prior to beginning the program.
  2. Health care insurance. No health insurance is provided by the program. Therefore, coverage must be independently obtained and paid by the student. Health and accident coverage is available through Lamar University. Information may be obtained from the Student Health Center in the Division of Student Engagement.
  3. Automobile liability insurance.

5. Reliable transportation. Public transportation is not available to most rotation sites.

6. Clothing, shoes, lab coats, etc. as indicated in section on personal appearance.

7. Miscellaneous supplies, printer fees, and parking fees at some facilities.

8. Textbooks, reference books and calculator.

9. Lamar University tuition and fees and any associated late fees.

10. Affiliate/student membership in the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

11. Registration and expenses for professional meetings including but not limited to the Texas Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Annual Conference & Exhibition and/or the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition.

12. Application fee for the Registration Examination for Dietitian Nutritionists.

13. Application fee for active membership in the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.