The American Dental Association (ADA) represents dentists across the country and enages in a variety of efforts to advance oral health. In addition to its advocacy, research, and educational efforts, it also certifies oral hygiene products and engages in philanthropic work through its foundation.
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) represents all of the American and Canadian dental schools as well as a variety of allied programs. It works to support dental education, research, and professional development, as well as improve oral health care for the general public. The ADEA also manages all of the dental common application systems, including the AADSAS, PASS, DHCAS, and CAAPID.
Other professional organizations include: the ADEA Gay-Straight Alliance, the American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD), the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), the National Dental Association (NDA), and the Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID).
Below are various financial aid resources to help you plan your finances as you apply to dental programs:
- FinAid’s list of Loan Forgiveness programs
- ADA Foundation’s Dental Student Resources
- ADEA’s Scholarships, Awards, and Fellowships
- ASDA’s Scholarship, Grants, and Repayment Programs
- US News & World Report’s Dental Scholarships page