Dental education is among the most costly professional training programs and often incurs the highest per student educational costs on campus. While these costs continue to grow, federal and state support for dental education has declined dramatically in recent years.
In turn, the cost of tuition has increased. Tuition for our entering class is over $27,000 annually. Debt for dental students has continued to accelerate at a significantly faster rate than the real net income of practicing dentists.
Dental education is becoming unaffordable at a time when more dentists are needed to serve the population. Tuition costs and post-graduate debt may discourage talented students from pursuing dental careers.
By establishing a substantial School of Dental Medicine Student Scholarship Endowment, the School could guarantee deserving dental students four years of scholarship support as long as they maintain good academic standing. The School seeks to offer a combination of need-based and merit-based scholarships to provide the best opportunity for dental students to reach their full potential.