Folks, I've gleaned a lot of information from this forum, but was hoping for some input on a very specific question. First, about me: I'm early 30's non-traditional,career changer. I have an ivy B.A. with 3.6 GPA, and have little doubt after taking prereq's, my hard stats will be competitive. Since my degree was in the liberal arts, this process will be 4 semesters or so, and I'll need to pay for school and life somehow. I'm currently in a career that requires 8-5 office work, and secures me ~50k as a salary. I have very little recent clinical experience (lots of clinical experience from 10 years ago). I'm contemplating leaving my position to pursue a much less well-paid entry-level position in healthcare, probably as a phlebotomist. The advantages to this are it would give me recent clinical experience, be more enjoyable (I am eager to get working in healthcare, after all), and would be more flexible to schedule classes than the 8-5 gig I have now. The disadvantage would be financial, of course. Probably 20,000 a year. I could, on the other hand, remain in my current career, earning a decent salary and take night classes, and shadow on the weekends, I suppose. Forgot to mention: While I don't have children/severe family obligations, I do have to maintain some form of income to continue paying on student loans. I'm eligible for IBR, so these payments will fluctuate with my income.