Tony Bartels, DVM, MBA

Dr. Tony Bartels graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and a VIN Foundation Board member. He and his wife have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies and contributing to VIN Foundation initiatives.

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Have you ever worked for a nonprofit? Act fast to benefit from the Limited PSLF Waiver

Special time-limited expansions to PSLF Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is a compelling student loan repayment benefit for many veterinarians, but understanding the rules for this program can be a challenge. Borrowers must be an employee of a federal, state, tribal entity or 501c3 nonprofit while using an income-driven repayment (IDR) plan to repay their federal …

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Got Federal Student Debt? You’re Now Closer to Forgiveness Than You Think

Don’t miss out on this limited federal student loan forgiveness opportunity. There is a natural temptation to tune out all of the complex rules and regulations around federal student loans and repayment. With confusing repayment plan qualifications and ever-changing, time-limited expansions for existing borrowers, no one would blame you for ignoring the latest and greatest …

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Federal Student Loan Repayment Pause Extended Again! Here is What You Need to Know…

Maximize the pandemic forbearance benefits by understanding your income-driven plan recertification dates. Updates at a glance: Federal student loan pandemic forbearance benefits are extended through Aug 31st, 2022. The earliest you could be required to recertify your income for an income-driven plan is March 2023. If you are married and have been filing your taxes …

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Increase in Federal Poverty Rates for 2022: Why that matters for your student loans

Each year in January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updates the federal poverty guidelines used to determine financial eligibility for certain programs. The federal student loan income-driven repayment plans are impacted by these updates.Income-driven repayment can be extremely beneficial for veterinarians. Especially for new grads who start their careers with a …

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New Grad Student Loan Questions and Answers: Consolidation

Here are some questions about consolidation using a Federal Direct Consolidation Loan that we tackled live during the most recent New Veterinary Graduate Student Loan Playbook Webinar. To consolidate vs not consolidate? What are the benefits of ending the post-graduation grace period? Setting your principal balance to the lowest level possible. Interest continues to accumulate …

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Student Loan Interest Rates Increase for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Each spring, we closely monitor the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield to see the final number setting the federal student loan interest rates.  For the 2021-22 veterinary school academic, the answer is higher interest rates than last year, but some of the lowest interest rates seen in the last decade. Federal student loan interest rates are updated …

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Sizing Up The Student Loan Forgiveness Tax Exemption

Originally posted on VIN NewsIf you have student loan debt and are heading toward forgiveness through an income-driven repayment program, you may have felt a surge of excitement when you learned the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 included a tax exemption for canceled student loans. I do, and I did. Then I studied the …

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Student Loan Forgiveness Planning: Preparing for the Tax Bill

Repaying student loans is stressful, complicated, and different than repaying typical business or personal loans. As a result, veterinary students, new graduates, seasoned veterinarians, mentors, and even financial professionals often struggle to determine the best repayment strategy for themselves or colleagues. A major difference, typical business or personal loans normally are paid over a period …

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COVID-19 Student Loan Repayment Restart

COVID-19 Student Loan Repayment Relief Ending: Strategies for Re-entering Repayment Since March 13, 2020, borrowers with federally held student loans have received student loan repayment relief. Interest rates have been set to zero percent, payments have been suspended, and for those using income-driven repayment or working towards Public Service Loan Forgiveness, the suspension time has …

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