The Division of Student Affairs engages with students before they arrive and orients them once they are students. We provide a variety of administrative functions that enhance the optimal program from the student’s introduction to Meharry through completion of their chosen career of study. It is our privilege and honor to help Meharry students achieve balance and address concerns/extracurricular interests, guiding them into a life of service and care.

One Stop Services

One Stop Services provides current and prospective students a one stop for frequently asked questions that are related to the following offices: Admissions, Financial aid, Registrar, and Student Life. Our office is in the Division of Student Affairs suite on the first floor of the Cal Turner Family Center for Student Education building Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.

Types of Aid

Graduate and professional students are eligible for several types of aid at Meharry Medical College. We have outlined the different aid programs available below.

There are several Meharry scholarships are available to students.


Office of Alumni Affairs

You must check with the Meharry’s Office of Alumni Affairs for their Convocation and Commencement scholarship applications, deadlines, and requirements.


Convocation Awards

Convocation scholarship funds are awarded by the Scholarship Committee in each of the schools (Medicine, Dentistry, and Graduate). Also, there is not an application process for Convocation awards.


External Scholarships

There are many external scholarships available, the Office of Student of Financial Aid has listed a few suggestions under the Scholarship tab.

Grants do not have be repaid. In order to establish eligibility, students should complete the FAFSA application.


The available grants to students are the following:

  • Arkansas Health Education Grant (must be an Arkansas resident Dental student)
  • Tennessee Black Conditional Grant Program (for African-American students only)
  • Tennessee Higher Education Commission Grant (THEC)


The Tennessee Black Conditional Grant and Tennessee Higher Education Commission Grant are contingent upon funding from the state each year. Both of these program required eligible applicants to be certified Tennessee resident. All interested applicants must complete an application and attach the requested documents, in order to be deemed eligible. Students must not have moved to Tennessee in anticipation of attending school, should have attended high school in Tennessee, be a US citizen, or have resided continuously in Tennessee since birth for both grants to certify eligibility.


You can complete the Tennessee Higher Education Commission Grant application by clicking here.

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides part-time jobs for graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the recipient’s course of study. Due to the small allocation, FWS funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, until funds are depleted.

Loans are funds that are borrowed and must be repaid. There are several different types of loans for students, including federal and private. Plan carefully if you choose to borrow a student loan. While loans may be necessary in order for you to finance your education while at Meharry, students should borrow conservatively. If you are offered a student loan as part of your financial aid award, you have the option to accept, reduce, or decline the loan.


  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are federal loans available to Graduate students and are not based on need. Interest accrues from date of disbursement.
  • Graduate PLUS Loans are federal loans available for Graduate students and eligibility is based on credit. Interest accrues from date of disbursement.
  • Private/Alternative Student Loans are also available and based on credit. Meharry works with all lenders. Students are encouraged to do their due diligence in determining the appropriate lender before selecting a private/alternative loan product. Meharry cannot recommend a specific lender.


**No Subsidized loans for graduate students beginning July 1, 2012.

Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA)

CASA is a comprehensive academic support unit, established to foster an environment that stimulates and nurtures excellence in learning and teaching. We are located in D. T. Rolfe Hall.

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Counseling Services

Find information about our counseling services, student housing, and other student resources.

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Complaint Resolution

If there is a concern that you would like addressed, feel free to file a complaint here.

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Center for Health Policy

Fully supporting minority doctoral students pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology, political science and economics.

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Campus Locations & Services

A comprehensive guide of the college campus for new and current students.

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Student Affairs Administration & Staff

Dexter Samuels

A. Dexter Samuels, Ph.D.

SRVP, Student Affairs &
Executive Director, Center for Health Policy

Phone: 615.327.6435

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Christopher J. Garner, Ed.D., MBA

Director, Student Life
Division: Student Affairs
Department: Office of Student Life

Phone: 615.327.3177

Sharda Mishra

Sharda Mishra, Ph.D.

Director, Counseling Services
Division: Student Affairs
Department: Counseling Services

Phone: 615.327.6312

Tammi Lavender

Tammi Y. Lavender, MBA

Director, Operations and Compliance
Division: Student Affairs
Department: Office of Student Affairs

Phone: 615.963.6435

Barbara Tharpe

Barbara F. Tharpe, Ed.D.

Director, Student Financial Aid
Division: Student Affairs
Department: Student Financial Aid

Phone: 615.327.6826

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Sandra Parham, MLIS

Executive Director, Library
Division: Student Affairs
Department: Library

Phone: 615.327.5770