Student debt advocacy

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Student debt is one of the chief concerns of the veterinary profession. In 2020, 83 percent of U.S. veterinary college graduates accumulated debt, and the mean debt for veterinary graduates who borrowed was $188,853. AVMA is working closely with leaders in Washington to implement legislation and regulations that would alleviate veterinary student debt – and to oppose policies that would worsen it.

Issue briefs:

Higher Education Act reauthorization priorities (PDF)

Get involved

The AVMA is collecting stories from veterinarians participating in Public Service Loan Forgiveness and those who have applied for the program and been denied loan forgiveness. Share your story to help Congress and the public understand how important this program is.

Sign up for the AVMA Congressional Advocacy Network for breaking updates on opportunities to contact Congress on student debt and other important issues.

See additional ways to get involved to make a difference on policy issues important to veterinary medicine.

Recent action

AVMA asks U.S. Education Department to address the needs of veterinary student borrowers.