Is $229,132 in student debt worth it?
This is the question students must answer when they contemplate attending West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine-- an institution where the average indebtedness tops $200k.
Student debt for medical school is quite high. In 2010, the average student debt for medical school (public and private loans) was $145,020, according to U.S. News & World Report. The figure will likely grow after a July 1 change, when med school students will no longer have their federal loans subsidized and will accrue more interest on their debt.
The bright side? Medicine is a career with a fairly high income. Reuters reports that in 2010, primary care physicians located in the eastern U.S. held a median income level of $194,000.
Below is a list of the 10 medical schools where students have the highest average student debt, according to U.S. News. Is med school worth it? Weigh in below.