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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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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The First Two Years of Student Loan Repayment for Veterinarians

Graduating Veterinary Students: Here’s what the first two years of student loan repayment can look like using an Income-Driven Repayment strategy Student loan repayment is financially and emotionally stressful. The earlier you have a student loan repayment strategy, the more time, money, and stress you can save yourself throughout repayment. As a veterinary student and …

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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, $400,000, and $500,000 with incomes between …

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Apply Smarter Q&A: Vet School Application Questions

Below we highlight a few frequently asked pre-veterinary school questions and provide detailed answers about VETERINARY SCHOOL APPLICATION:We also have frequently asked questions and detailed answers about veterinary student loans and veterinary income. “The GRE is not required at some veterinary schools because of COVID, any idea if that’s gonna be permanent or if they …

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Apply Smarter Q&A: Student Loans and Financial Aid

Here are some questions and detailed answers about Student Loans and Financial Aid asked during Apply Smarter webinars. We also covered questions and answers about veterinary school application and veterinary income. “What is a “standard” amount of financial aid offered by vet schools? I know it varies a lot, but would you say it’s easy …

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Apply Smarter Q&A: Veterinary Income

Here are some questions and detailed answers about Veterinary Income asked during the Apply Smarter webinars. We also covered questions and answers about veterinary school application and veterinary student loans. “I’ve heard that it is very tough to have a job while attending vet school? Is it because the program is intense?” Yes, the curriculum …

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COVID-19 Impact to Your Student Loans

CARES Act federal student loan relief explained! — UPDATE, April 30, 2020 — Since VIN and VIN Foundation held a free webinar to explain how the recent CARES Act and the Department of Education guidance on student loan relief for federal student loan borrowers impacts veterinary student loan borrowers, we have had several questions come in.  The most common …

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