I firmly believe the United States is headed for an economic depression that is many ways worse than anything we've ever experienced in our ~233 year existence. I don't want to delve too deeply into the political and economic discussions surrounding our issues but I have been worried about our fiscal immorality for quite some time now. I have, in the past few weeks, been looking at an international option for medical school. I know if the US economy collapses like I'm almost certain it will that nations connected to the value of the dollar or basically anything thats tied into Americans paying back debt will be negatively affected as well. As such, I know that Australia will be negatively impacted by our collapse but the standard of living will still be bearable. I've done some research into this option and had a few questions - mainly concerning financing. 1. What are the prospects of international students getting a government-backed (or partially backed) loan for their medical education? 2. If an international student were to promise to stay after graduation, would this increase their chances on being admitted (or perhaps being offered some subsidy or scholarship) 3. Are there any rural-practice programs that allow international students to apply?