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J Am Coll Dent. 2013 Winter;80(4):38-48.

Dental student indebtedness: Where did it come from and where will it lead?

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  • J Am Coll Dent. 2014 Spring;81(1):5.


Today's dental school graduates are burdened by an ever-increasing amount of student loan debt from both their undergraduate and predoctoral educations. Although considered to be multifactorial in origin, this article explores the microeconomic theory of supply and demand as a source for rising tuition costs and subsequent educational debt. The historical context for the cost of a dental education is provided, and serious questions are posed about how this indebtedness might impact the future of the profession.

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