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  1. Hello, I recently had the honor to be accepted into a PA program that is 140K. Although I am excited to start this new journey, I am concerned about the financial responsibilities that it brings. The tuition is quite high and it seems to get higher every year. My question is, at an average, how much debt do students typically end up with based strictly on tuition. Thanks in advance!
  2. About once every 3 months I put myself into a panic about my student loans. I went to PA school right out of college and thought the better reputation school would be better for me, even though it was significantly more expensive. I know now that that was a terrible decision. After my first panic about student loans I started living significantly cheaper but I still have the debt hanging over my head. Is this a feasible amount to pay off as a single woman after graduating? Will I ever be able to not live as cheaply as I do now... at least within 10 years? Any advice would be appreciated. A
  3. I'm attending Arizona State University online. I live in Georgia and I'm 24 years old. ASU is a quarter-based system, which means I get college credits on a quarterly basis instead of a semester basis. All PA and AA schools (I'm interested in both) require a certain amount of prerequisite hours, but at ASU, I would be about an hour or two short in a lot of them, like biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, etc. So, me getting a degree in biology from ASU is kind of pointless, because I'd have to take some additional prerequisite classes at my local college anyways. I should also mention I have
  4. I got into an in-state program a 25 minute drive from my parents house. Fortunately, tuition and fees for the 24 months will only be about $36,000 altogether (a steal compared to the private programs I got into) My choices are: (1) Pay 500-700 per month for an apt near the school (2) Live with my parents and commute 25 min each way, paying about 80/mo for parking near the school OR parking free if I'm willing to then walk 20 minutes I have no savings and will be taking out loans for every penny of my expenses What would you do? Will I be missing out on a lot if I don't ro
  5. I am considering a career change and I am on the very front end, but I am seeing lots of really, really high numbers for the amount of debt PA grads are coming out of school with 80k-100k +. I'm assuming that this is because people are financing living expenses throughout the 2-3 years of school. I am looking at two schools in my state (one is a CC) and the tuition and fees (for the whole program) seem to be more in the 40k-60k range. Am I missing something? Is it possible for someone to do PA school, possibly if a spouse covers all living expenses, and only have 50k in debt? Any perspect
  6. I couldn't resist it. Right out of school, I was offered a great salary at a job I already knew. I went to work at the clinic I had worked at as a medical assistant before PA school where we did abortions and birth control. I got paid very well for it and did only that for 10 years. Now, I left because I had 2 kids and don't want the long commute anymore. How can I broaden my horizons now? I would be happy in virtually any other field -- primary care, derm, peds, urgent care, ortho, etc. I'm due to take PANRE in 2014 or 2015. So, I'm thinking I'll take some time to study hard for it
  7. Sorry, reposting in hopes that someone else is on this forum, despite the upcoming holidays and can answer this for me :) I am 1 year out as a family practice PA, and will be interviewing as 2 practices next week (one is a endocrinology practice, and one is a geriatric practice). As some of you know, I am just not happy with the experience (or lack of) I gained this year at my current practice.. I really, really need to somehow get my new employer to help me out with paying my student loan debt, since I cant seem to get into a federal program where I live. Both practices seem to be gre
  8. I am 1 year out as a family practice PA, and will be interviewing as 2 practices next week (one is a endocrinology practice, and one is a geriatric practice). As some of you know, I am just not happy with the experience (or lack of) I gained this year at my current practice.. I really, really need to somehow get my new employer to help me out with paying my student loan debt, since I cant seem to get into a federal program where I live. Both practices seem to be great organizations with competitive salary. I would be willing to take 10 or 20k less salary if they would just use it to pay my
  9. So, I'm ending my first year as a PA with a pretty well paying job outside of school (90k), which unfortunately will be ending for me soon (practice is closing, forcing me to find another job). However, I have an obscene amount of student debt that literally leaves me broke after each paycheck. I know I did this to myself, but I just get so disheartened because I feel like I worked so hard to get here with little to no help from anyone else, and I have nothing to show for it. I don't live above my means or anything like that, but after each paycheck I barely have enough for food, and I think t
  10. I have a question that can hopefully be answered by the gurus in this forum. I've searched the forums here (manually and automatically) and have searched around FAFSA's website and studentloans.gov; no luck. First, let me spin the threads of a story in the form of a time-line: -I will be graduating, probably in the Winter of 2012. At this time I will have open government-subsidized student loans. -I will be working to finish my required patient contact hours. This will last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on my ability to procure a job with patient contact hours while I am s
  11. Hello everyone, One of the programs I'm applying to will cost around $90K for the entire program. This excludes the cost of living. If I get accepted and complete the program, I feel like I'll be in debt for many years to come. I was hoping someone could give me some insight as to whether or not attending a program of this nature is a wise idea in the grand scheme of things. I appreciate any feedback!
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