I couldn't agree more with this statement. Funding for applied degrees is a mess overall, but the problem is that unlike dentistry, law, and medicine, psychologists typically do not earn incomes to pay back mountains of loans. That means we either tighten the reigns and advocate for higher reimbursement and/or decrease cost to pursue the degree. Coming from a partially funded, balanced PhD program, I was always a bit miffed to have to pay tuition (reasonable tuition at least) while WORKING for the university. I worked for my dissertation chair in her lab for a 20-hr/week assistantship and I worked at my practicum sites seeing patients. The research side is covered, as Jon mentioned. So perhaps a similar TA-ship approach will help on the clinical side. However, I think we have got to address the issue of billing for services from trainees. Perhaps if there was a process by which studnets could get licensed at the MA level to provide (and bill for) supervised clinical services? Like LPAs? That would at least cut costs for half of the training experience.