Dental school tuition is higher than medical school. If you live in a state that requires a post-doctoral dental residency—unlike medical school residencies that pay a salary—dental school residencies actually charge tuition. So, you’re delaying paying back your student loans and you’re actively falling deeper into debt between the added tuition and living expenses. Dentists tend to have a greater debt-to-income ratio after graduating. While physician specialists typically come out of residency at or near their peak earnings capability, it can take up to 10 years for dental specialists to see their full earnings potential. That means it might take longer to pay off student loans, which in turn means you’ll be paying more interest in the long run.
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