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  1. I am deciding between two PA programs - George Washington (big name, great program, but expensive tuition) and a relatively new public school where I would have in-state tuition (~$55K). The public school is affiliated with a major academic hospital and also one of the best public universities. However, it has provisional accreditation and no PANCE pass rates yet. Money is real, so I am strongly considering the in-state school. It has name recognition, but definitely not the status of GW. I have talked to students who had good experience on clinicals and really enjoyed the program. Perks of the program include a very small class size and a dissection cadaver lab. Perks of GW include being close to my parents (I could live at home during clinical year) and standing out from other PA students. At the end of the day, a PA is a PA. Is it worth the $30K+ difference in tuition and cost of living in DC to have the prestige and guarantee of a solid education ?
  2. Hoping to pick the brains of PA grads.... I've been accepted to two name-brand PA schools. Both are affiliated with major academic medical centers. One is private and has a strong legacy/alumni base. It is ranked very highly. The cost of living in the surrounding area is very high and the tuition is >$85K for two years. I loved the faculty and the area, which happens to be near my hometown. I am excited about the idea of having the social support of family and friends during the rigorous two years. The second school is in-state tuition for me currently (about $57K for two years), however it is a very new program. Although it has a great affiliation, no class has yet to sit for the PANCE and I worry about the clinical sites as they have not been as heavily vetted. Due to its affiliation, I do have faith that it will become a very strong program. It is also a very small cohort compared to the legacy school, but I do worry about peer support as it attracts non-traditional students, which I am not. Right now, both seem like a lot of money and the debt doesn't feel real (despite the fact I'm paying off about $20K of undergrad loans). Is the cheaper tuition worth passing up a school with such a solid reputation? Thank you in advance for your help!
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