The debt that medical students carry is at record high levels and rising. 86 per cent of medical students had a debt of about $170,000 after earning their M.D. degrees, according to a new study by the Association of American Medical Colleges. This is an increase of 5 percent over last year.
Pay Later Approach
Medical students are certainly aware of the high cost when they enroll and borrow money, but interest on deferred repayment is staggering. And it’s not clear that students are aware of the options they have. The new study lays out the numbers starkly. If a student does not start to pay down a loan during residency and waits until he or she is finished with school, with the interest, they may owe between $320,000 to $476,000.
The chart below tells all: