Student debt advocacy

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In this article:
  • Learn what the AVMA is doing in Washington to combat the high levels of student debt facing veterinary professionals.
  • Discover policy issues that are among AVMA's priorities when advocating for solutions to veterinary debt.
  • Find out how to stay up-to-date on student debt issues that are being considered in Washington.

Combating high levels of veterinary student debt is critical to the financial success and personal wellbeing of veterinarians. The AVMA is committed to finding solutions to reduce veterinary debt, and advocates on a range of higher education priorities that support veterinary borrowers and help reduce educational debt among veterinary professionals. Among the key priorities:

  • Protecting and improving Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Establishing more favorable refinancing options
  • Lowering interest rates
  • Eliminating origination fees
  • Maintaining federal student loan borrowing limits
  • Restoring graduate and professional student eligibility for subsidized loans
  • Pausing repayment and interest accumulation for veterinarians pursuing advanced education and training
  • Creating financial incentives for veterinary small business owners to help employees repay educational debt
  • Ending taxation on the forgiven portion of student loans after the standard 20-25-year repayment terms
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AVMA's advocacy work is powered by the combined strength of our diverse membership. From online letter-writing to in-person visits with lawmakers, volunteer advocates help drive legislative successes that protect, promote, and advance the veterinary profession. You can start with these simple actions:

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