Medical student debt
The cost of studying medicine varies around the world
Higher education funding: it’s a thorny issue whichever way you look at it. Should the debt burden rest with the state, with private companies, with parents, or with the students themselves? And for vocational professions such as medicine, should there be extra support in the form of loan forgiveness, bursaries, and scholarships? How important is it to have a medical workforce that is representative of the community it serves, and how do universities provide fair access to medical schools when the ability to study has its roots so firmly entangled with access to finance?
Students set to start university in the United Kingdom in autumn 2012 are coming to terms with the fact that they are likely to be in substantially more debt than the previous year’s intake. With universities now able to charge a maximum of £9000 (€10 410; $14 250) in annual tuition fees, there will be a corresponding supersharp