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VIN Foundation Announces 4th Annual Solutions for the Profession Competition

FOURTH ANNUAL ESSAY COMPETITION ASKS VETERINARY STUDENTS TO SUGGEST IDEAS TO IMPROVE THEIR VETERINARY EDUCATION EXPERIENCE The VIN Foundation is excited to announce its fourth annual Solutions for the Profession Competition. This year’s competition asks veterinary students whether their veterinary school education is effective, efficient, and relevant to their career goals. The topic encourages them to …

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Applying For or Renewing Your Income-Driven Repayment Plan

A small, but significant change to the Department of Education (ED) updates Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) Plan Request was made in 2019.  The IDR Plan Request form allows you to apply, renew, or update your student loan payment using Revised Pay as You Earn (REPAYE), Pay as you Earn (PAYE), Income-Based Repayment (IBR) or Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR) for …

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Employer Assisted Student Loan Repayment Benefits for Veterinarians

We have run thousands of student-loan repayment simulations for veterinarians in an effort to help them navigate their student loans and repayment options. The results have shown for situations where student debt exceeds income, the most flexible and financially beneficial repayment strategies are counterintuitive.Contrary to conventional wisdom, loans with shorter terms and lower interest rates don’t necessarily …

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Should I refinance my Federal Student Loans?

Should I Refinance My Federal Student Loans?

HOW TO KNOW IF OR WHEN YOU SHOULD REFI YOUR FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS Managing your veterinary student debt can be as emotionally charged as managing patients. But, in finances as in medicine, the best decisions are evidence-based. The bombardment of marketing campaigns encouraging you to refinance your federal student loans into a private loan(s) can …

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | The Financials of Applying to Veterinary School – What I Wish I Had Known Amber McElhinney

The Financials of Applying to Veterinary School – What I Wish I Had Known

Amber McElhinney is a 2nd year veterinary student at UC Davis. Due to COVID many veterinary student summer plans were changed and Amber is one of many who has been helping out the VIN Foundation student debt efforts this summer. In an effort to help pre-veterinary students as they prep for applying to veterinary school …

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Veterinary School Panel Interview Tips

Veterinary School Panel Interview Tips

Amber McElhinney is a 2nd-year veterinary student at UC Davis. In an effort to help pre-veterinary students as they prep for applying to veterinary school we thought Amber’s insight into her personal pre-veterinary journey can help others. We hope you enjoy! As always, please reach out with any questions or feedback, or leave a comment …

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Apply Smarter Q&A: Veterinary School Application Questions

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

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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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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | free resources veterinary students veterinarians | Blog | Climbing Mt. Debt for SAVMA 2021

Climbing Mt. Debt for SAVMA 2021

For the SAVMA 2021 Symposium, the VIN Foundation created a three-part webinar series of its popular Climbing Mt. Debt presentation with Dr. Tony Bartels. We hope you find this information helpful and always, please reach out if you have any questions or feedback. Most veterinarians (80-85%) borrow to cover their education and living expenses to …

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