For your disadvantaged status essay you are asked to provide any additional information about your background that can help clarify your disadvantaged student status. Enter an explanation.
Please limit your answer in this field to 4,500 characters.
You are also asked to provide a brief description of your childhood residence. Please limit your answer to 250 characters.
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The American Dental Education Association also allows you to apply to dental school as a disadvantaged student. In addition to answering a series of questions from a pull down menu, you are also allowed to submit a special essay that builds a case for your disadvantaged status. For many students from backgrounds with limited family resources, providing this information is an extremely smart thing to do, as it might greatly reduce the expenses that you will occur in dental school.
Both medical and dental schools appreciate the fact that some applicants have overcome obstacles on the path to their goals. You are welcome to provide any information and describe any background experiences that may have put you at an educational, social, or economic disadvantage as you prepare to apply. Dental and Medical schools actively seek to identify applicants who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. If you feel that you are disadvantaged, by all means you should apply.
According to the NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program Funding Opportunity Announcement PAR-11-285, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are defined as:
“Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size; published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml. For individuals from low income backgrounds, the institution must be able to demonstrate that such participants have qualified for Federal disadvantaged assistance or they have received any of the following student loans: Health Professions Student Loans (HPSL), Loans for Disadvantaged Student Program, or they have received scholarships from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Scholarship for Individuals with Exceptional Financial Need.”
“Individuals who come from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.”
Applicants who are eligible for and/or received a Pell Grant during this academic year should indicate this in the application.