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Dr. Tony Bartels on the latest student debt information borrowers need to know as we start 2024

Listen in as student debt expert and Board Member Dr. Tony Bartels in this next installment of our Student Debt Series. This episode we covering the following 4 topics:

  1. Consolidation deadline extended
  2. Loan servicers continue to be terrible
  3. Recertification dates
  4. The new SAVE plan
  5. Common mistakes made while using the Student Loan Repayment Simulator

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Dr. Tony Bartels
Tony Bartels, DVM, MBA graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is a VIN Foundation Board Member and Student Debt Expert, and an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, 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 resources. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, daughter, Lucy, and their two rescued canines, Addi and Maggie.


VIN Foundation Student Debt Center

Check your current student loan servicers and other loan details — VIN Foundation My Student Loans tool

Loan Repayment Simulator

VIN Foundation WikiDebt

VIN Foundation Webinars

VIN Foundation get updates

VIN Foundation GIVE page to support these programs & tools

VIN Foundation Blog, Related Student Debt Blog posts:

Personalized student loan Help from VIN and VIN Foundation


One-Time Forgiveness Count Adjustment Video Case Study, 1999 DVM may save more than $65,000 in student loan costs:

Income-Driven Repayment Plan Discretionary income calculations, WikiDebt

Repay Wiser

Borrow Better

New Grad Student Loan Repayment Playbook

Federal Student Aid Data, Consolidation, and Repayment Applications

SAVE Repayment Plan Offers Lower Monthly Loan Payments

Loan Servicers Having Trouble:

One-time Forgiveness Count Adjustment

Federal Student Loan Servicers

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

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