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.

33 Responses to “Free Money for a College Education in Dentistry”

  1. I should’ve found this post sooner. A friend who took up Dentistry had to pay through the nose to finish his education. I’m sure he wouldn’t join the Navy though just to get become a dentist.

  2. sir i want money for study

  3. sir i very much keen to study dentistry and have ablity to finish it.however,i need a special help like you.

  4. The Navy is a very good option for education in general. Two of my friends joined in 1998 or so and are both earning six figure salaries in computer networking. They both took advantage of the free education they received in the Navy and one of them used his GI Bill money to get an undergrad and graduate degree (MBA).

  5. please in masters

  6. Austin Family Dentist
    December 3rd, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    This is pretty great info mate, I’m at the point in my life that I want to go back to school for a different career path, if this web development thing doesn’t pan out in the next couple years, maybe I’ll go to dental school.

  7. Some institutions give scholarships to dental students.It’s good if they can open the scholarship to other courses too.

  8. I am from Canada and we have problems with funds for scolarships. People in the US are lucky to have this. I will look foward to inform myself a little bit more about this.

  9. The navy option is attractive but I myself opted for the air force. You must pursue your dream and let the details settle where they may.

  10. As a dentist myself, it’s great to see more and more options everyday that help make it easier on people to pursue their dream of going to school.

  11. I should’ve found this post sooner. A friend who took up Dentistry had to pay through the nose to finish his education. I’m sure he wouldn’t join the Navy though just to get become a dentist.

  12. Dentist in Mesa Arizona
    February 11th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Having personally got my dental training through the military I can attest that this is a great method. I left with no debt and a ton of hands on skills. I am more prepared and better skilled than my deeply in-debted associates.

  13. Really informative – continue to spread the word. Looking forward to an update. For too long now have I had the urge to get started on my personal blog. Suppose if I put it off any more I will never ever do it. I’ll make sure to include you in my Blogroll. Thanks again!!

  14. I live in New Zealand and the armed forces will do a similar thing, pay for your courses if you commit to x number of years with them. I think that for young single people, that’s a pretty good option. A few of the guys in the business I know here did their study in the army and the police force.

  15. This is a great option, I’ll tell my nephew about it. Dentistry is what he wants to do. Thanks.

  16. This is the first I’ve heard of the Navy dentist program. Seems a good thing to go for, if you really want to become a dentist and don’t have the financial means with which to do it.

  17. Glad I had some talent in other areas that kept me from taking a job in a field that has a high suicide rate. Thank God.I thought about becoming a dentist due to the money they make.

  18. Here in the UK it is tough we do have a royal Navy option which means after completion you must work for them for 5 years. Being a 5 year degree this can be draining on finances and so we have the choice of rich parents, royal navy or large student loans!


  20. I wish I had something like this when I was going to dental school. I had to pay my way with loans, which I am still paying back!


    good luck to all new dental clients.

  21. how bout other degree? is there no free money for others? =(

  22. Hi there, would you mind if I quote a touch of your article on my blog? I’ll post a website link back! Let me know its a issue, thanks

  23. This sounds, like dream come true. Many kids can not afford a good education, especially in dentistry. This sounds like a great opportunity for a great dentist career start.

  24. This a very helpful post! It’s a “study no pay later program”. Keep it up you are helping a lot of people!

  25. Great way to pursue dentistry! Extremely good pointers and tips on how to get some aid to receive a dental education!!

  26. my quetion is how can get a free scholarships for dentistry / cause i dont have a opportunity to pay for my college

  27. its how

  28. Be sure to also reach out to your local and state dental associations.

  29. my quetion is how can get a free scholarships for dentistry / cause i dont have a opportunity to pay for my college

  30. Jarrett Riemenschneid
    September 10th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    From my point of view(and I’m a dentist) this is a great read. Too bad there is not more of this on blogs?

  31. There are a lot of different scholarships available. It’s wroth taking the time to look for them.

  32. It’s too bad this kind of information is not circulated more widely. I realize I am shadowing what’s already been said, but there are many people who could truly benefit from this.

  33. This information is really helpful for students thinking to pursue dentistry. Bad that it is not available everywhere on net.

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