Hi, I’m new here and wanted first to say what a wonderful place this is! I’ve been reading a lot and lurking a lot, and gotta say, this has been one of the friendliest, most helpful places on the internet! (And I’ve been around…)
As for myself, after too many years of wrestling, I’m now pushing 30, I finally decided to take the plunge into medicine because I’ve wanted to be a doctor for such a long time! I was a history major, so have zero prereqs and will need to enroll in a post-bacc program. I’m in the Southern California area, so will be looking around here.
But I wanted to please ask a question. How have you guys financed your post-bacc? Post-baccs at some private schools could run up to $30K once it’s all said and done, not including living expenses, etc. I’m currently single and have no other debts, really, except for car payments, so that’s the good news. But I won’t have a F/T job once I hopefully get into a post-bacc program and go to school F/T instead. Also unforutnatley I don’t have much of a savings to go on.
The choices seem to be:
- Private loans. But would I have to pay them back before starting med school (assuming I get in after a post-bacc program somewhere)? Because I don’t think I could pay back $30K in-between a post-bacc and med school. Although I really don’t know how this works so hopefully this is not true.
- Gov’t loans (federal or state). I would take out gov’t loans, but I don’t think I qualify for gov’t loans anymore, since I borrowed money for my undergrad degree already, do I?
- School scholarships. I don’t think I’d qualify for any of those, because I’m not a minority, or in a lower socioeconomic status, or anything else. And I probably don’t have much merit to go on!
If anyone has any thoughts about how to finance a post-bacc, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks again!