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Grey's Anatomy: How Not to Pay for School

Grey's Anatomy: How Not to Pay for School

Dr. Isobel Stevens on Grey's Anatomy: her character paid for medical school by becoming an underwear model. Most students must find other ways of financing their education.

Pam Strayer, AllHealthCare

State Programs

Some states that have offer allied health care student loan forgiveness programs, often in exchange for practicing in an underserved area. Check these for more details:

California
Web site: California Allied Healthcare Scholarship
$2,500

New Mexico
Web site: New Mexico Allied Health Student Loan-for-Service Program
$12,000
Eligible professions:
Allied: Emergency medical services, physical therapy, respiratory care, occupational therapy, lab tech, audiology, speech language pathology, pharmacy, nutrition
Other: mental health

Washington
Web site: Washington State Loan Repayment Program
$25,000 a year for up to 3 years
Eligible professions:
Allied: Dental Hygienist, Physician Assistant
Other: Dentist, Pharmacist, Physician (MD or DO)

Other Programs

It’s also worth researching these non-state-run programs:

Carle Foundation (Illinois) Hospital Scholarship/Loan
$5,000 – $24,000

Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program

Up to $20,000 a year for 2 years


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