Scaling mountain of student debt achievable

Refinancing, armed forces among options to keep dental school financially feasible     

The financial cost of becoming a dentist can seem intimidating.

“Graduate student debt has been rising for decades, even after adjusting for inflation. It has risen to the point that today new dentists with debt are starting their careers owing nearly $305,000 in educational debt,” wrote ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin, D.M.D., in an April letter to a congressman who had introduced a student loan reform bill.

The mountain of debt is daunting, but scaling that mountain is achievable, as long as dental students realize that refinancing and other options — including federal service and the armed forces — are available.