Zak James via Crowdrise
March 26, 2012
My name is Zak James and I want to be a dentist. In 2011, I was accepted to the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. I will attend MUSC beginning in June of 2012.
My dreams are to one day be able to establish, construct, finance, and operate free dental clinics, both domestically and abroad, in an effort to reduce health disparities and to alleviate poverty. I plan to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Policy and Management following dental school.
In 1970, the cost of a dental education per year, including tuition and fees, was less than $5000 dollars on average, nationwide.
In 2012, that number is closely approaching the $100,000 mark. Over the course of four years, a dental student at the Medical University of South Carolina can expect to accrue anywhere from $250-300,000 dollars of student-loan debt fresh out of dental school.
In 2012, the federal government will eliminate subsidized student loans, meaning all loans will begin accruing interest immediately upon receiving a loan, rather than after a student graduates. Further, the Medical University of South Carolina offers no scholarships or grants to incoming dental students, forcing students to either incur massive amounts of student loan debt or to join the armed forces.
In an effort that may be unprecedented, I am attempting to utilize social media to raise 15% of my dental school costs. No gift is too large or too small, and every contribution counts! Hopefully, by being able to reduce the financial burden of my professional education, I can greater shift that cost to help produce tangible change in the world. By supporting my education, YOU can be an instrument of change!