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Dental school has a hefty price tag, and many Michigan Dental Association members are carrying student debts well into their careers. The MDA recognizes that managing these loans while starting a career, starting a family, buying a house, or establishing a practice is a difficult challenge.

The MDA Student Debt Resource Center was born from a workgroup to help dental students and practicing dentists with student loan management. Click the headings below for more information.

What are Student Loans?

Understanding student loans is essential to responsibly financing your dental education and career.

Impact Stories

Check out what some MDA members shared about their experiences practicing dentistry with student debt.


The MDA has compiled a non-exhaustive list of scholarship opportunities and loan repayment programs available to dental students and dentists.

Financial Assistance

Learn what financial assistance is available from the dental schools and MDA-endorsed companies.

ADA Resources

The ADA is working with lawmakers to address rising student debt among dentists at the Federal level, where student loans are regulated. Their resources include debt management education, the ADA New Dentist Blog, highlights of advocacy on student debt issues, and more.

Other Resources

Here are some other helpful resources for understanding and managing your student debt.