Dental school debt vs. medical school debt in 2023: 4 stats to know

The average dental school debt is $308,200, compared to $250,990 for medical graduates.

Here are four stats to know about the cost and debt associated with dental and medical school:

Note: Data was taken from the American Dental Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Education Data Initiative.

Cost of education

  • The average cost of a four-year dental education was $205,019 for public schools and $335,536 for private schools in 2019-20, the last year data was available. 
  • The average cost of medical school for non-residents in 2022-23 was $64,103 for private schools and $63,718 for public schools. The average cost for residents was $62,570 at private schools and $39,905 at public schools.

Student debt

  • Average dental student debt was $58,603 in 1980, adjusted for inflation. The average dental student debt between 2017 and 2022 was $308,200. 
  • Average medical student debt was $84,300 in 1988, adjusted for inflation. The average medical school graduate currently owes $250,990 in total student loan debt.

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