So you’ve picked a profession: You’ve decided to pursue dentistry.
The good news is that the dental and oral health field offers a lot of career opportunities and a pretty high salary. Dentists and hygienists are in high demand and they provide a service that makes their customers extremely grateful. I know this for a fact because I’m personally thankful for the oral surgeon that was recently able to get my wisdom teeth out. It wasn’t a “typical” procedure at all and not every surgeon was willing to take the risks associated with such a delicate procedure.
Here’s the bad news: What would have happened if this expert in dentistry couldn’t afford his college education? I’d probably be sitting here in worse pain than the pain of recovery I’m feeling now!
Let’s check out some resources for students looking for free money for dentistry education:
- Of course, there is the U.S. Navy dentistry option. The upside to this is generous educational assistance and financial aid. Navy dentists earn an officer rank, and they have access to some of the best cutting edge technology and equipment. The link shows a few of their financial aid alternatives, and they’re offering up to $180,000 for dental school tuition – and a sign-on bonus – AND a monthly stipend! The downside is commitment: You’ll need to be sure that a career in the Navy is right for you. Although there’s a paid month off each year, this is definitely a job for people who love the seas and love to travel.
- If you’re not ready to go all-in with free college and a Navy commission, consider the Western Dentistry program. The amount of tuition assistance isn’t nearly as generous, but every bit of free money helps – and this one is easy and quick to apply for.
- The American Dental Association (ADA) has a scholarship foundation too – this page includes several significant sources of tuition funding.
One or two scholarships isn’t likely to pay for your entire college education – unless you’re willing to make a long-term commitment after graduation to the Navy or a local or state medical organization. Smaller scholarships and grants are probably the best way to go if you want to keep your options open. When you’re searching for scholarships that match your eligibility, make sure you set your major and/or intended career as dentistry, and if you know your specialty, use that. Remember, the more specific the eligibility criteria of the scholarship or grant, the better your chances of getting free money for school.