So, I'm just curious... How do y'all plan on paying for med school? I plan on taking out stafford loans, but that's only going to cover $20,000 per year. Most private DO schools are $35K - $40K per year... (Why I'm debating on just applying to state schools... pay the "out of state tution" for the first year and then drop down to resident tuition.) Is it common to get other financial assistance (grants, etc.) from the medical school? Throughout my undergrad and grad degrees I received state/school grants that helped out.