Student Debt Expert Tony Bartels, DVM, MBA
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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Top 5 Mistakes Made by Veterinarians Using Income-driven Repayment

Top 5 Mistakes Made by Veterinarians Using Income-driven Repayment

The below piece was originally published as a guest post on Financial Wellness DVM

 


 

Repaying student loans is stressful and complicated.  For recent graduate veterinarians, high student loan balances coupled with starting salaries lower than their student debt total are the norm.  Depending on the school you attended or the practice type and region where you’re working, your student debt to income ratio is often two or greater.  Once your student debt to income ratio gets above one, traditional repayment plans and strategies are financially risky, inflexible, and often more costly.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | In-School Loan Estimator expands VIN Foundation Student Debt Part 2

Veterinary Student Debt Questions and Answers Part 2

VIN Foundation has partnered with Under the Microscope to bring you a free follow up webinar: Veterinary Student Debt Questions and Answers Part 2

 

 

In Part 1 we covered the basics and answered your questions. For Part 2 we’re working through actual cases. Feel free to add your questions, comments, experiences, and suggestions to add to the conversation by commenting below or emailing us.

 

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Furloughed and Unpaid Federal Veterinarians

Furloughed and Unpaid Federal Veterinarians

More than 3,000 veterinarians are Federal Government employees (USDA, FDA, EPA), and many work for agencies who are impacted when the government shuts down.  Even though the longest shutdown in U.S. history as just come to a close, there is a chance this will happen again in the future and impacted folks may still not have received back pay. 

 

This puts veterinary colleagues who work for the government and get furloughed, or otherwise do not receive income for working in an even tougher position if they have student loans. However, any reduction of your income (like when the government shuts down) provides a reason to re-evaluate your student debt repayment strategy and consider an income-driven student loan repayment plan (IBR, PAYE, REPAYE) to reduce your current monthly payment under IBR, PAYE or REPAYE.

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Student Loan Interest Rates and Repayment — Don’t listen to your parents!

Veterinary educational debt is a complex and continually evolving topic impacting all colleagues, not just current students and new graduates. A recent Merck Animal Health study named student debt as the biggest stressor reported by colleagues. That study also indicated that fewer veterinarians are recommending the profession as a career choice.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Choosing the Best Veterinary School for You

Choosing the Best Veterinary School for You

Choosing the veterinary schools you apply to is an exciting, yet confusing process. Several publications generate lists of the “best” veterinary schools using various criteria. Unlike some other professions, which veterinary school you attend likely won’t impact your future earnings or career options. However, which school you attend can have a significant impact upon the price you pay for your veterinary degree. If you, like most veterinary school attendees, finance the majority of your education with student loans, the amount you borrow can have a major impact upon your financial well-being for decades to come. As you consider embarking upon a career in veterinary medicine, let’s look at how you can Apply Smarter.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | VETERINARY NEW GRADUATE STUDENT LOAN PLAYBOOK

New Veterinary Graduate Student Loan Playbook

Graduate, Consolidate, Get Started in Income-Driven Repayment

Congratulations, new veterinary doctors! It’s time to celebrate graduation! It’s also time to learn why and how a Federal Direct Consolidation Loan can help you start your student loan repayment plan ASAP.

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If you borrowed student loans to help you through veterinary school, you do NOT want to wait until your grace period expires to get  your loan repayment plan started.  You can benefit from starting a Federal Direct Consolidation Loan as soon as your loans allow.  Let’s look at how you can use your student loan grace period in a financially beneficial way.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Aspiring Veterinarians Apply Smarter

For the Aspiring Veterinarian — Apply Smarter!

Veterinary medicine is experiencing a student debt crisis. Yes, many higher education graduates experience loan repayment hardship; however the magnitude affecting recent veterinary graduates is unique.  Every day I counsel pending and recent graduates through the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and via VIN Foundation who report student debt balances in excess of $200,000, $300,000 and $400,000 with incomes between $70,000 and $90,000 depending on where they choose to live and what type of veterinary medicine they are pursuing.  

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