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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. 

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https://health.ucdavis.edu/financialaid/coa-son.html - With California shifting towards NPs being able to practice w/o supervision, I'd give a hard look at those costs. The end-goal is being able to get a job and service your debt. Many executives in the C-suite aren't able to distinguish PA and NP, and it usually costs them less money to hire NPs.


Both of these citations are old. I haven't found any new information regarding average debt for more recently graduated cohorts.

 https://paeaonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/MSS_Indebtedness.pdf (Read pg. 3 for relevant topic info)

https://www.aafp.org/dam/rgc/documents/publications-reports/reports/impact-debt-physician-assistants.pdf (Read pg. 6 for relevant topic info)


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It is a very bad idea to pay $140k tuition for a profession that averages less than that in pay, especially one that is rapidly becoming overloaded (with NPs and PAs) thus driving down wages.

Unless you are already massively wealthy, have a wealthy family to pay this exorbitant tuition up front, or get an incredible amount of scholarships/grant's, I would advise you to avoid this school.

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