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Save Student Aid! is a campaign led by the Student Aid Alliance, a coalition of higher education organizations united in support of federal student aid programs.

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Medical Schools and Student Aid

Federal Loans | Repayment | NHSC | Title VII Loans | Regulations | Tax Benefits

Looking for help with your student loans? Visit AAMC’s FIRST (Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools.

Medical school is expensive and high graduating debt can pose a significant financial burden, especially with the unique repayment challenges of medical residency training. Lowering interest rates on federal student loans can significantly ease this burden. View the AAMC's Medical Education Debt Fact Card.

The AAMC works with the Federation of Associations of Schools of Health Professions (FASHP) to improve federal loan and repayment programs under the Department of Education and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), such as the Title VII health professions student aid programs and the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).

To help ensure medical education remains affordable for students from all backgrounds, AAMC supports a budget-neutral legislative proposal:
Debt in Health Education Loan Programs (Debt HELP) 

News and Updates

Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Financial Aid Simplification and the Higher Education Act

January 19, 2018

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Jan. 18 held a hearing, titled “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Financial Aid Simplification and Transparency.”

Federal Court Grants Provisional Relief for Current DACA Awardees

January 12, 2018

In a case brought by the Regents of the University of California against the Department of Homeland Security challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the Northern District of California Jan. 9 granted Plaintiffs’ motion for provisional relief, ordering the federal government to maintain DACA on a nationwide basis as it operated on Sept. 5, 2017 (the date of its rescission), with several exceptions.

House VA Committee Approves Veteran Community Care Bill

December 22, 2017

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs Dec. 19 approved the VA Care in the Community Act (H.R. 4242). Of importance to medical schools and teaching hospitals, the House bill retains VA’s authority for direct health care resource contracts with VA’s academic affiliates under 38 U.S. Code § 8153, often referred to as sole-source affiliate contracts.

House Committee Advances Higher Education Legislation; AAMC Sends Letter in Support of PSLF and GradPLUS

December 15, 2017

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce Dec. 12 approved, 23-17, along party lines an amended version of the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act (H.R.4508) [see Washington Highlights, Dec. 7]. Committee members offered over 60 amendments to the legislation, extending debate on the bill for roughly 14 hours.

Health Organizations Urge Congress to Pass DACA Fix As Soon As Possible

December 15, 2017

The AAMC led 60 health professions organizations in a Dec. 13 letter to congressional leadership urging legislative action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

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