What about those who stick with it but are rejected but every medical school they apply to. What do you say to them? They’re left with nothing.
They’re not left with nothing. They’re left with a bachelor’s degree and ability to pursue jobs that are related/adjacent to their area of study. Just like every other college grad.
Those who don’t make it may be disappointed, but they’re not totally without prospects. There are dozens of medicine adjacent jobs. PA school is just one of them.
PA wasn’t even on the radar for either of my kiddos. One’s Plan B was a PhD in Medical Physics; the other’s was a MPH in biostatistics/epidemiology followed by a PhD in health policy. ( BTW, D’s medical physics program was a funded program, so she would have completed at least her MS with zero debt and a MS in medical physics is immediately employable.)
And what about those who don’t proceed with med school because when it comes right down to it, they can’t afford it. Some can’t afford it because their circumstances have changed during their 4 years in college. What about them?
First of all, once accepted every student can afford med school because med students are eligible for unsubsidized federal students loans up to $40,500/year and Grad Plus loans for the full published COA of their med school.
This is how the vast majority of med students pay for med school. Loans. And more loans.
Additionally there are scholarships-for-service programs sponsored by the federal government that pay for medical school. (Military HPSP, VA HPSP, and NHSC). Individual states also offer med school scholarship in return for agreeing to work for a limited period of time in medically underserved areas.
And to prep and pay for applying to medical school–which is expensive, AMCAS offers the FAP (Fee Assistance Program) to qualifying low income applicants. FAP provides free and reduced cost MCAT prep materials, reduced cost registration for the MCAT, no fees for primary and secondary applications for up to 16 schools, and offers monies toward travel expenses for interviewing. Most medical schools also have travel grants for FAP eligible interviewees.
Applicants are eligible for up to 3 years of FAP.
There aren’t similar programs available for PA school.