By Stephanie Tittle, Liz Fuemmeler, and Amanda Demas This article is a part of the March/April 2020, Volume 32, Number 2, Audiology Today issue. Across the country, the rising cost of tuition for audiology programs continues to permeate every decision a student and professional makes. This conversation is nothing new to us. Depending on whether the students attend a private or public university and have in-state or out-of-state residency, they take on an average of $10,000 a year for in-state tuition at a public university and up to $50,000 a year for tuition at a private university. Graduate school loans may take more than 30 years to fully pay off while maintaining a comfortable lifestyle. Students are desperate to find ways to decrease this burden, especially during their final externship year. Some students will only seek out paid externships, others may find a second job, and some might do both. Students and professionals alike are acutely aware of these financial concerns. Audiology programs are reacting to the rising cost of student debt by offering creative solutions to lower costs in the final year, which can be broadly categorized as below. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!