What Is the Average Medical School Debt?

The average medical school debt was $201,490 among the class of 2019.
Ryan LaneMay 21, 2021

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The average medical school debt for the class of 2019 is $201,490, according to the most recent data from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Those figures include , as well as debt from undergraduate studies and other higher education. The total represents a 2.5% increase from the averaged med student debt of $196,520 in the class of 2018.

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With a $201,490 student loan balance, you’d owe $2,288 a month on the standard, 10-year federal repayment plan, assuming a 6.25% average interest rate.

Seventy-three percent of med school graduates have debt, according to the AAMC. Their balances tend to be larger than other graduate degree holders. Here's how medical school debt stacks up against other types of school debt:

The median medical school loan balance — where half of graduates owe less and half owe more — is a better measure of the typical doctor’s debt burden than the average medical school debt. In 2019, that figure was $200,000, which didn't change year-over-year.

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Unsurprisingly, most of doctors’ college debt is from medical school. The median medical school debt, not including loans from premedical education, was also $200,000 among 2019 graduates with medical school loans. The median debt for premedical loans was $25,000.

Newly minted doctors who attended private medical schools tend to have more student debt than those who attended public ones, according to AAMC’s data. The median student loan balance was $215,005 among graduates with debt from a private medical school, compared to $193,186 among medical graduates with debt from a public one.

You may be facing six-figure medical student debt, but you likely have the income — or income potential — to manage it. Below are a few tips to help you get started. Check out our guide to for more strategies.

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