I was recently looking at some of the student budgets of the medical schools I'm interested in and was surprised with what I found. Some schools actually limit you to how much money you can take out for personal expenses. They claim that they want to monitor how much students borrow in order to help them avoid future debt problems. This is fine and dandy, but can they do this? I'm poor (with $0 family contributions) and plan on using more than $11,000 a year to survive! How do you (medical students) survive?! I find this figure to be a wee bit small. Now, believe me, I'm probably the LAST person to shop at fancy stores, so don't get the wrong idea of me. At that rate (11k) though, I find it hard to come up with enough cash for rent, car payment, utility bills, insurance payments, personal expenses, FOOD, and a little (I mean MICROSCOPIC) spending cash for a new shirt! I will get no help from my parents because they're both poor, divorced, and are in no position to help me. How can a student, living on $11,000 per 9 or 10 mo. survive? How do you do it? Please tell me so I can sleep in peace! Thanks.