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  1. 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. After looking at the cost of other schools, there has to be more people in my shoes out there and I'd love to hear some stories/advice from fellow PAs. Thank you!
  2. 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 daughter's schooling. - Keith
  3. Hello everyone! So, I am very thankful to have gotten into both SBU & Desales, but I am struggling to decide between them... Stony Brook is in-state for me and 15 mins away from home, so the tuition is significantly cheaper than DeSales’ ($53,000 as opposed to DeSales’ $79,000), and I wouldn't need to pay rent. I am struggling because even though SBU would be much cheaper overall, and has an excellent reputation and ranking, I just did not feel like I connected with the faculty there, and I wasn’t very excited after the interview. Even though the programs are both 24 months, SBU seemed more rigorous and fast-paced. The students at SBU also seemed a bit older, which makes me feel like I'd be the inexperienced one of the bunch. Another concern is that I don't really want to live at home. Living with my family would save me money, but it may also drive me crazy with the added stress of PA school ? I would most likely want to live on LI no matter what school I go to though, and so going to SBU may make it easier to get a job in the area once I graduate. SBU also ends in May, which I've heard is better for new PA grads in terms of job hunting. On the other hand, DeSales is a bit more expensive, but definitely not as expensive as some programs out there. It has clinical experiences during the didactic year, such as a student-run free clinic and shadowing that I would not have at SBU. I also really connected with the faculty there and could picture myself going there and being happy. DeSales also had a brand-new, huge simulation lab that the PA students get to use a lot. DeSales is also one of the only programs in that area, you get more one-on-one time during clinical rotations, whereas w/ SBU, you’re with other LI PA students and med students. Some stats: PANCE 5-yr pass rates: SBU-97%, DeSales-100% Class size: SBU-44, DeSales-80 Campus: SBU-within a hospital & affiliated w/ med school, DeSales- w/in an undergrad campus Both have full cadaver dissection labs Electives: both have 1 elective Start date: SBU- June, DeSales- August PBL classes: SBU- have only about 4 of these activities throughout didactic year, DeSales- small group class discussion twice every week throughout all of didactic Overall, the main things that would drive me to go to SBU are the low cost and the ranking. Otherwise, I like DeSales more. Some insight on this dilemma would be much appreciated!!
  4. Recent applicant accepted to multiple NC schools. Wondering if it is worthwhile to attend some of the private, high-ranked schools or if it makes more sense to favor in-state tuition, especially with sights set on primary care? Schools I applied to: Duke, Wake, Campbell, UNC, ECU Would appreciate insight into any of the above programs, and whether the private schools really do give you a leg up! Thank you!
  5. Can someone explain why Stanfords tuition is 160k for the program? Am I reading this wrong? What makes this program so much better?
  6. Hi everyone, I know this is a sensitive topic but I need sincere input to see whether anyone has actually declined USC admission for other local schools such as Western University or Loma Linda. I have read many posts about choosing the cheapest schools but living in such a competitive job market like Orange County, I feel like USC name can help us finding a better job, is it true? I know USC has the best PA program in Southern CA but its tuition is almost double that of other schools and is 6-9 months longer. Since I am married with one kid and paying mortgage, my future disposable income maybe too limited to cover the additional tuition of USC compared to other schools, although my husband is emotionally supportive of either choice. Your experience and advice are highly appreciated. Thanks!
  7. Hello everyone! I was just accepted into my dream PA program. Downside... it's in a different state than I currently reside in. However, I'm planning on moving to Maryland early, long before my program would begin next year, to be with a sick relative. Therefore, I'm interested in petitioning for in state tuition. It would save me $40,000 so it's definitely worth the hassle! Has anyone attempted this process before or have any advice to give about in state / out of state residency? I know it's dependent on state (and trust me - I'm deep in that research) so more looking for general knowledge or helpful hints from success stories. Much appreciated :)
  8. Hey Guys and Girls, I am sure most of you current undergraduates have heard of some of the better PA programs around the nation. Many of you are going to produce competitive PA school applications in the process of hunting for schools. This question is more geared towards people who have been in PA school and experienced life on the other side of PA schooling. That being said, I think the answer is beneficial to most of us undergrads. We know about programs like Duke, Pacific, Emory, etc. Their qualifications are strict and their prestige is evident. However, on the chance that admission to these schools is at all plausible, is it worth going? Several factors go into that decision which are solely on an individual basis. But controlling for those individual variables, I want to know the career VALUE of attending a more well-known and intensive PA program vs. attending a PA school that is less renowned. Is the job market going to be any better for a PA who attended Duke for their graduate schooling vs. a PA who attended a city-based PA school? I can think of a big reason not to go to a grand PA school and that would be tuition. Is saving 10,000 a year worth attending a small, unknown PA school that had a breezy admissions process? Or that your qualifications far exceed?
  9. There are a lot of factors that can be taken in to account when selecting the right PA program. I want to know what factors you think will (or have) most influence your decision to attend a program.
  10. Hi everyone! I'm a student from Illinois interested in applying at Barry University. Does anyone know what the class size is at each of the campus locations? I couldn't find it listed anywhere on their website. Thanks in advance!
  11. 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 take out extra loans for these things? Thanks for your help! Kaitlyn
  12. I have just been accepted to a very reputable school. However, it is one of the most expensive schools in one of the most expensive places to live. It is also a three year program. I want to know if it's worth it to attend a really expensive school now, OR if it's more advisable to wait a year to attend a cheaper two-year program. Waiting a year to attend a cheaper two-year program would mean that I would be graduating roughly the same time as I would if I attend the school that I was just accepted to. Also, does the reputation of the school have any impact on the future salary? Please comment and offer your words of wisdom!
  13. For a detailed cost comparison analysis of all 200 physician assistant programs in the United States. http://www.thepalife.com/2015-physician-assistant-program-tuition-and-cost-comparison-table/. Most Expensive In State Long Island University $106,000 Marquette University 102,600 New Yourk Intitute of Technlogy 102,900 Most Inexpensive In State CUNY York $13,041 Stony Brook University New York $22,500 Medical University of South Carolina $22,941 Most Inexpensive Out of State CUNY York College $22,290 D’youville College $23,000 Nova Southeastern University, Orlando $28,960
  14. Hi, The PA school that I will be attending this fall has a tuition refund policy, but also offers a tuition refund plan through Dewar for a little less than $300 per one year. Has anyone purchased tuition insurance through Dewar? Does anyone recommend for or against it? Any insight is great! Thanks!
  15. Im worried about paying for tuition as i will be attending. tuition is roughly 45k i barely make any money now (10k a year maybe before taxes!) and i wont be working when i start school. My parent wont be helping with anything so its just me. Anyone know how much fafsa can give and how much in loans i can expect to be getting? curious what others have received and techniques for paying for PA school. If i did get loans i would obviously like loans where i dont have to pay interest while in school. Thanks in advance!!
  16. I was taking advantage of the Post 911 GI Bill while I was an undergraduate, but I am wondering how the classes that have matriculated, since the Dec 2010 changes are experiencing the results of VA policy changes due to the modifications congress enacted in December of 2010. As I understand it: 1. private program PA students get up to 17.5K a year for tuition from VA 2. in-state public program students get 100% of tuition payed So what this leaves me wondering is; do out-of-state public program students get their tuition payed only up to the amount of in-state tuition and make up the difference themselves? Some programs ask for one time payment for the year and the VA always payed my tuition by the semester. Anyone run into this hiccup? During my undergrad the 911 GI Bill picked up the cost of all the fees, since,regarding a PA program, there are soooooo many program fees besides just tuition, how much did the VA pay for you?
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