Dental School Loans
Getting financing for dental school shouldn’t be like pulling teeth – Ascent’s student loans can help make your life easier.
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*Rates displayed above are effective as of 10/01/2022 and reflect an Automatic Payment Discount of 0.25% on credit-based loans when you enroll in automatic payments. For more information, see repayment examples or review the Ascent Student Loans Terms and Conditions.
**Lowest APRs require interest-only payments, the shortest loan term, and a cosigner, and are only available to our most creditworthy applicants and cosigners with the highest average credit scores.
*Want to see what your repayment plan and monthly payments could look like? Check out our loan repayment examples to help you make your decision.
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You’ve already put a lot of work into preparing for dental school. Getting the financing you need shouldn’t stop you now. We’ve streamlined our application process so you can get your funds without getting a headache.
Submit your pre-qualification
We ask you to provide important information such as your name, address, date of birth, the school you’re applying to, and employment information. If you’re applying with a cosigner, they’ll also enter their information.
Select your repayment plan
Once your completed loan application is approved, you’ll be able to view your repayment options and select the loan terms that work best for you.
Complete your Ascent Portal tasks
After you choose your loan terms and accept your disclosures, your Ascent Portal will be populated with tasks to complete. These tasks include a financial wellness quiz and providing us with any additional information we need to prepare your loan.
We pay your school
When your portal tasks are complete, we send your loan for school certification. Once certified, we’ll disburse your loan directly to your school.
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While it’s very difficult to pay for dental school without taking loans, diversifying the sources of your finances can help you save money. Many dental students take out federal loans first by filling out the FAFSA, then seek more funding through scholarships and private loans.
There are many options for dental scholarships available through the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), American Dental Association Foundation, American Dental Education Association (ADEA), and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD).
Ascent also gives out more than $80,000 in scholarships every year to students attending college, graduate school, and bootcamps. There are many chances to win, so make sure to check in regularly to see which scholarships we’re currently running.
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Dental school can be a full time job itself, making it likely that even part-time work will be difficult to incorporate into your schedule. If your federal loans don’t cover all of your living expenses, a private student loan and scholarships may give you the relief you need.
When you take an Ascent loan, you’ll also have a wealth of financial resources available to you to help you succeed and develop a plan to tackle your debt after dental school. We also give out more than $80,000 in scholarships each year to students.
Only you can decide if dental school loans are worth it for you. If you decide to go to dental school, Ascent is here to support you.
You can check what rates you qualify for without impacting your credit score.
Applying with a creditworthy cosigner may help make your loan offer more reasonable. Your cosigner can be released from your loan at a later date.
Finally, your dental school will certify the amount you’re approved for and your funds will be sent directly to your school – any money that doesn’t go towards your school’s necessary funds will be sent to you to cover additional expenses
DACA students may apply solo with proper documentation or with a qualified cosigner.
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If you have questions or concerns about your dental school loan application, don’t hesitate to contact Ascent. We’re available to assist you and provide clarification on the loan application process, as well as any additional information you need to help make your decision.
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Ascent provides private student loans for various graduate student routes. If your heart isn’t set on dentistry, we can still help you out! Check out our other graduate loan options.