I was doing some research into the cost of attendin prestigous private schools like Washington University, Duke, Vanderbilt, Emory etc. They all have student tuition fees of $30,000 + (not including books and student stationary/computer supplies!) Each school claims that the average debt carried by students for 2003 was like $97,000....very difficult to believe!! Especially if you do not have rich parents to give you money for medical school, married and have to fund it yourself through loans and personal savings. I would like to ask everyone who has had personal experience with this or knows someone who does to comment on how much they actually borrowed over the 4 years in medical school, at one of these private schools. I figured in order to live ok I would need to borrow between $160,000 to $180,000....that is an absurd amount of debt!