Asked by: ash-tree-meadows
I understand your concern; I had the same one! For now, don’t worry about it. If you want a neuroscience PhD, the first thing on your agenda should be getting into college, gaining some research experience and getting an undergraduate degree. Next, you will have to apply to graduate school for neuroscience. Most programs essentially pay you to get your PhD. During interviews, you can ask about what the salary/stipend is and what benefits are included if you choose to accept. Thus, money is not a problem if you want to get your PhD. You just have to find a program that covers your stipend. So far, I haven’t heard of any program that does not cover students’ stipends.
Also, you do not need an MS to work in a lab. If you choose to take some time in between undergrad and grad school, you can enroll in a postbac program (get paid to get experience and prep for grad school) or you can be a lab/research technician. Many people do either of these before applying to grad school.