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  1. Hello all! I recently got accepted to PA school and am over the moon! Unfortunately I am running into some issues obtaining financial aid as an F-1 student without a US citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer. Any insights from international students before me and the scholarships/ loans they recommend would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much!
  2. Does anyone know if GWU offers any need/merit based grants or is it all loans?
  3. Does anyone know if Weill cornell offers need based grants for the PA program?
  4. I am about to enter PA school as an F1 international student - been on a visa since I was in middle school as a dependent of my parents and recently became F1 because I turned 21. Any one out here able to give me insight in how they paid for it all? There doesn't seem to be much mercy for international students despite me residing in NY for almost a decade. I have citizen extended family, but they have their own lives and loans to care for and I feel like taking out a private loan with them cosigning will not be approved since they have mortgages and are about to take out a loan for their daug
  5. Hey everyone, I'm in the process of starting my essays for this year's NHSC scholarship and was wondering if anyone had advice on how they approached the essays. My specific questions are highlighted below. 1) How specific were you in outlining your future career plans for the essay on the NHSC mission? Did you list HPSA sites and/or non-profit organizations you were interested in affiliating with? 2) How did you approach the essay regarding your commitment to working in primary care? Did you take a narrative approach regarding life events or circumstances that led you to pursu
  6. Before I begin, yes I am still just a senior in high school, and yes I know that my goals can change. However, this is what I want as of now, and because it's extremely important to prepare for what I want my future to be, even though it may change, I need to make plans. So PLEASE don't advise me on going to med school or doing something else, it's not what I'm asking for. Now, I've been doing my own research, but I would also love different personal perspectives. As of now, I plan to stay within five hours (maybe more if necessary) away from southern-ish New York because I don't hav
  7. To any helpful person out there, I am a first year international student at a liberal arts college in the US. Academically, I don't feel I lack anything at this school. The classes are very challenging, and I push myself to the limit to get A's in every single class. On the financial side of things, I got a 55-60% scholarship, and the rest of my tuition gets covered by my dad back home. With every iota of honesty, I have always wanted to work as a medical doctor. I am determined, self-driven, sometimes anxious about my efficiency, but always honest about my abilities and faults. The r
  8. Does anyone out there have any experience or information with making payments on your student loan interest while in PA school and then deducting the interest you paid on your taxes?
  9. Hello! I am a 23 year old Mexican-American female who is starting the Physician Assistant Program at Philadelphia University in July 2017. I am having a very difficult time finding scholarships and financial aid, especially those that I am eligible for before actually starting the semester. Any direction would be greatly appreciated!
  10. 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
  11. I am racking my brain trying to devise a plan to get back to school. It is a weird predicament I am in it seems, but I can't imagine I am the only 40-something person with a Biology degree that wants to go back to school for a medical career. But here is the problem: My degree (BSE in Biology) is 21 years old and therefore I have to retake the prereqs to get into a PA program. For the PA Program at UMKC it's 37 hours of prereqs in which I've had all but 9 hours. UMKC require they be 7 years old or less. I have to be working towards a degree to receive financial aid. Taking prereqs is n
  12. Hello! I was interested in hearing from people who are considering, currently part of, or completed the Navy PA program. I like the idea that I would be able to receive help with student loans while still in school (versus the NHSC repayment program) and it seems that there are more options for working in specialty areas (versus just primary care a la NHSC) (nothing against primary care, I'm just drawn to the idea of having more choices). However, the commitment is longer (3 years)...and I did hear from someone that sometimes the commitment ends up being way more than 3 years. Also, is there
  13. Hi All, After my two interviews this past month, I am finding myself in the situation of having to choose between two programs: it's an incredible opportunity and a dream to even get a choice, I realize, but I'm also really having a hard time because there are definite benefits and drawbacks to each program. I'm trying to figure out 1) what matters MOST in determining which program to pick and 2) which program will ultimately help me get the best job as a new grad. I would also like to give myself the best chance to succeed and have the best quality of life as a student along the way. I'
  14. Has anyone else called and spoke with the Financial Aid office? I called this morning using the number they provided in the acceptance letter, 313-993-3350. The woman on the phone said we wouldn't be receiving our award information until the orientation, July 15th. Does this seem a bit late to anyone else? Prior to being accepted to UofD I had planned to attend a program in Philadelphia and they sent my financial aid award information right away. The award didn't come close to covering all costs, but they were giving us plenty of time to find private lenders to supplement the
  15. Hi everyone! I am curious how everyone funds their schooling. I am currently applying for PA school next year and am not sure how I'm going to pay for it. I plan on taking out a lot of loans, but you are only allowed around $40,000 in loans per year, which is what the programs I'm looking at cost. Since I am unable to have a job during the program and I'm not receiving any outside funding from family, spouse, etc. I am concerned about how I will pay for housing and food. Can anyone who is/was in a similar situation tell me how they pay/paid for housing and food during PA school? Can you ta
  16. Hi I'm an upcoming PA student and I had some questions about the EM/Urgent Care lifestyle. I've worked as an ER Tech and EMT before so I kind of have an understanding but I was wondering if it is very difficult/nearly impossible to request a schedule where my only available hours to work are Monday - Saturday; Early Morning - 8pm? As a Tech, I realized I despised working anything beyond 8pm and I also need to keep my Sundays free. Any thoughts? Are most Urgent Care clinics regular Monday-Friday 40hr jobs? I really want to work in EM or Urgent Care but I do want at least some co
  17. I'm on the wait list for 3 PA programs, so I most likely will have to re-apply this upcoming cycle. Would I be able to use the same essay I used before if I just add a few updates to it? I'll be applying to a couple of the same schools, but some others as well since I will have more direct patient care hours than before.
  18. I am thrilled to be starting PA school this summer. From what I understand, most of the clinical sites are based an hour plus away from campus (not considering the horrific traffic). A lot of students move after the didactic year to be closer. I have kids that are in Elementary school and I really don't want to have to move twice. So - would you recommend that I either stay close to campus and then deal with commuting or short term housing options once I reach rotations? Or should I find a place somewhere between and commute both years?? Right now I lean towards being close to campus and deali
  19. I am considering taking a position in a critical access hospital with a HPSA score of 14. The position is ER / UC - not primary care. Does anyone have experience with NHSC LRP in this situation? Would the position qualify for loan repayment? Thanks.
  20. Hello! I would love some advice from practicing PAs on how to handle this situation: I was just accepted into my first-choice school (Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC near Ft. Bragg) and will start next Fall. In case it matters: I'm a 31-year-old female. I already owe about $26K for courses I took to complete prereqs. The PA program tuition + fees, supplies, etc. will run about $70K. By the time 6.8% interest kicks in, I figure I'll owe about $110K once school is over. My husband and I are both incredibly frugal, and even if I have to pay for school 100% using loans, we have a
  21. I got an email, and now a letter, telling me that I have been accepted into the class of 2015 and will start the program this spring . My question is...what now? For those who have been accepted how are you preparing for the program? By this I mean: -Financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships? I was lucky enough to finance my undergrad education with scholarships and I am concerned and clueless about taking out student loans for the first time.) - Housing (I think I will most likely be at the Morehead Campus) -Study tools (what are you going to use to take notes, laptop, ipad, tablet PC
  22. The COA at my school is $135k. My financial aid package includes both subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans, but together those only cover $20k, so I need to cover another $115k. My school's package covered the rest with a Federal Grad Plus loan... which, frankly, seems like a pretty lousy loan as far as fees and interest rates go: Federal Grad Plus: fixed 7.9%, 4% fees. Best private loans, fixed: 3.4%, NO fees. Best private loan, variable: 1M LIBOR + 2% (currently that equals 2.25%), NO fees. The private loans I've found seem to offer comparable perks to the Fed Gra
  23. I found out today that I passed Pance. I have Datachem CD for sale Thanks
  24. Hi everyone: I'm a second semester student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. This is my second time around in grad school, so I'm familiar w/ financial aid at the grad level, but PA school is its own beast since we are in school 3 semesters a year and cannot work. Currently, our school (like all schools) creates a yearly budget for tuition, fees, books/supplies, health insurance, and living costs. Everyone gets the $20,500 of subsidized/unsubsidized and the rest is made up in GRAD PLUS loans (the total is just over $33K/year). The problem is, the amount they have for our "budg
  25. Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone who has gone through PA school or is in PA school right now could give me some resources to find scholarships for PA school. I have gone through Fastweb and tried to google it, but I really can't find any scholarships for PA school. I know about the repayment programs and scholarships which I plan to apply for when NHSC decides to open up this years applications, but I wanted to look for extra help.... Thanks!
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