The national average debt for medical students is more than $100,000, and the cost of tuition continues to rise. While medical education is expensive, it is an investment with a rewarding career and better than average income. If you choose a career in primary care, there are many loan forgiveness and loan repayment program options available. Ninety percent of medical school students incur some type of student loans to finance their education.
To learn more about paying off debt from student loans, visit the AAFP's Debt Management section, where you can download and print a guide to use as reference throughout medical school. The AAFP also maintains a listing of programs that send physicians to areas of the country where physicians are most needed. Check out Funding Resources for Practicing in Underserved Areas for more information.