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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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Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools (FIRST)

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FIRST helps medical school borrowers expand their financial literacy, make smart decisions about student loans, and manage their student debt wisely.

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 for Medical Education.

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

Fast Facts: President's Budget and Student Aid

February 3, 2015

President Obama’s budget proposes significant changes to federal student aid and repayment programs, but what does it mean for medical students?

President-elect Taps Under Secretary Shulkin to Head VA

January 13, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump Jan. 11 announced his selection of David Shulkin, M.D., as his nominee for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). Dr. Shulkin currently serves as VA Under Secretary for Health in President Obama’s administration.


Graham, Durbin, Coffman, Gutiérrez Introduce BRIDGE Act for DACA

January 13, 2017

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Jan. 12 reintroduced bipartisan legislation (S. 128) to protect undocumented students and medical residents, among others, should the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program be discontinued under the incoming Trump Administration.

AAMC Urges Permanent Fix for DACA; Supports BRIDGE Act

December 16, 2016

AMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, sent a Dec. 8 letter urging President-elect Trump not to revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action without a permanent fix, and sent a Dec. 7 letter in support of Senators working on a legislative safety net for individuals currently with DACA status.

2016 Joining Forces Wellness Week Webinar Registration Opens

October 21, 2016

The AAMC has joined the White House Joining Forces staff and the Center for Deployment Psychology at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences to host the fifth annual Joining Forces Wellness Week on November 7-11.

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