Loan Repayment and Scholarships

Student Debt Resources

According to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the average debt per graduating dental student senior is $261,149 (survey, class of 2016). The story is no different for Missouri new dentists. We polled new dentists attendees at the 2016 Connect4Success meeting: 24 dentists had a combined $4,450,969 in dental school debt! These staggering numbers are why the MDA has created a Student Debt/Loan Forgiveness ad hoc to address all ideas, concepts and programs available related to debt and loan forgiveness. The purpose of this page is to be a resource for dental students and new dentists.

It won’t be easy to jump straight from school to your dream practice setting in your dream location, but being informed will give you the best shot at lining up your path to fit your financial needs and practice preferences. Wherever that path leads, the MDA and all of organized dentistry is a major resource for your success. Here is some navigational tools to help you get connected with possible debt-reduction options.

If you have questions, please contact the MDA.

  • Loan Repayment
  • Scholarships
  • Laurel Road Refinancing
  • ADA Resources
  • ADEA Resources
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