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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Student Loan Forgiveness: Taxable or Tax-Free? Either way, It’s a Blessing

Student Loan Forgiveness: Taxable or Tax-Free?

Paying back a veterinary school student debt load can be extremely stressful and confusing.  Analyzing the various federal repayment options and programs and choosing the best for your situation is challenging.  Spending nearly the last ten years helping to educate veterinary students, veterinarians, and those who work with them navigate their student loans and repayment options, I’ve seen student loan forgiveness cause significant confusion.

 

Public Service Loan Forgiveness:

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

WHAT

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

 

Case 1: High Student Debt Scenario

  • Which plan should I use?
  • How much do I pay?
  • How do I plan for forgiveness?

 

Case 2: Low Student Debt Scenario

  • I didn’t borrow that much – What if I don’t need income-driven repayment?
  • When do I pay more? And How much more do I pay?
  • Should I or When do I refinance?

 

Case 3: Married Student Debt Scenario

  • Double Vet, Double Debt
  • One vet, spouse with no debt
  • Community property states
WHO

Tony Bartels, DVM, MBA joined Carl Darby, MA, VETMB for a discussion on your veterinary student debt questions and answers. Presented by VIN Foundation, VIN and Under the Microscope.

WHY

After working with thousands of veterinary students and veterinarians in repayment for the better part of the last ten years, we’ve amassed a lot of data, perspective, and experiences to help shed light on common veterinary student debt scenarios, much of which you can see reflected in the VIN Foundation Student Debt Center.

View the presentation below, and we encourage you to leave feedback or ask a question below in the comments!

If you don’t have time to watch the full presentation above, here are the presentation materials with links to valuable resources:

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 | Exciting Enhancements to Veterinary Cost of Education Map

Exciting Enhancements to Veterinary Cost of Education Map

Interactive map provides long-desired true-cost view of attending veterinary school

Developed to help pre-veterinary students make better informed decisions when applying to veterinary school, the updated Cost of Education Map collates in one place, in one tool, the information individual students would spend days compiling and analyzing.

 

Most pre-veterinary students apply to multiple schools. Costs vary widely between schools and within schools depending on whether the applicant qualifies for a discounted seat based on residency. The Foundation’s goal in generating this tool is to enable students to apply smarter, seeking the high quality education they desire at the most reasonable cost.

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

2018 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.

VIN & VIN FOUNDATION LEARNING SESSION VIDEO:

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 | Sharing saves time, income-driven repayment saves money

Sharing saves time, income-driven repayment saves money

Student loan repayment is complicated.  With the availability of income-driven repayment options like Income-Based Repayment (IBR), Pay As You Earn (PAYE), and Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE), confusion can set in quickly.  The VIN Foundation Student Debt Center is here to help! The My Student Loans function and guides you through which repayment plans you can use and the Student Loan Repayment Simulator helps you figure out which plan you should use.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | ESTIMATE YOUR MINIMUM MONTHLY STUDENT LOAN PAYMENT | Advanced Simulator Setting - Poverty Growth Rate

Estimate Your Minimum Monthly Student Loan Payment

The recently updated 2018 Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines determine your minimum monthly student loan payment. 

 

Poverty guidelines are used for many different U.S. government programs. One of the most important uses for veterinarians is the Discretionary Income calculation used to generate the minimum monthly student loan payment of federal income-driven repayment plans (IBR, PAYE, REPAYE).  Income-driven student loan repayment plans are extremely helpful for those veterinary graduates with student loan balances greater than their annual incomes.

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Resources | Vet School Bound | Apply Smarter to veterinary school | veterinary school admission prerequisites

Veterinary school class recommendations

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VIN Foundation | Supporting veterinarians to cultivate a healthy animal community | Blog | Veterinary Student Debt Center Launches

Veterinary Student Debt Center Launches

We are excited to announce the launch of our Student Debt Center, a mobile-friendly comprehensive resource for all things related to student debt, in particular veterinary student debt.

With veterinarians leaving school having a debt load routinely exceeding two times their salary, and far surpassing the “healthy” debt-to-income ratio of most professions, this is a critical issue impacting the veterinary profession. Veterinary student debt-related stress is taking a toll on individuals and the profession – a toll measured in physical, emotional and financial stress. The VIN Foundation is answering the call to this crisis with the Student Debt Center.

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