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Federal scholarships can help with dental debt

Kyle Larsen, a third year dental student, practices treatment planning with a fellow student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.

Kyle Larsen, a third year dental student, practices treatment planning with a fellow student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.

Dental school was always in the cards for Kyle Larsen. Not part of the dream? Graduating with a lot of debt. So Mr. Larsen, 26, a third-year dental student at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, applied for federal scholarships while an undergrad at Brigham Young University-Idaho, and earned the 4-year National Health Service Corps Scholarship.

The scholarship pays full tuition and fees and also provides him with a living stipend for each year of dental school, according to ADA News.

“I was lucky enough to be awarded the four-year program,” said Mr. Larsen, president of Colorado’s American Student Dental Association chapter and ASDA trustee for District 9, “but other lengths are also available. The program is year-for-year payment for service meaning that each year they pay for your education, you owe them a year of service in an underserved area.”

NHSC scholarships are one route for federal scholarships but there are others, including the military’s Health Professions Scholarship Program.

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One comment

  • Great Initiative for dental students. Hope, Federal scholarships can help students dental debt.
    It is frustrating when you have lots of debt after your graduation. I just remember my term 2003, i was graduate from Otaga University and need to work 2 place /over 70 hours to pay my student loan.

    Cheers

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