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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

Federal Programs: It Pays to Decipher the Alphabet Soup

HPSAs, MUAs and MUPs are three government designations for programs that provide funds to pay off student loan debt.

HPSA stands for Health Profession Shortage Areas. These are shortages of primary medical care, dental or mental health providers that exist in urban or rural areas, population groups or medical or other public facilities.

MUA stands for Medically Underserved Areas.

MUP stands for Medically Underserved Populations.

To learn more about programs and how to qualify for them, visit the Bureau of Health Professions web site at

Get A Signing Bonus: Allied Health Care 2007 Average = $7,500

You can’t count on it ahead of time, but because of the health care worker shortage, most employers will pay a signing bonus when you take a job. The average signing bonus employers paid allied health care workers in a new job in 2007 was $7,500. Subtract that from the average $16,000 debt of a four year college, and you’d be down to a balance of $8,500. If you only went to school for a two year degree, you’d be ahead of the game.

It pays to get an education in healthcare.

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