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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 16, 2016

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


AAMC, Academic Medicine Caucus Host Hill Briefing on VA Affiliations

June 23, 2017

On behalf of the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus (CAMC), the AAMC hosted a June 20 congressional briefing titled VA and Academic Medicine: Partnering for Veterans’ Health. The briefing highlighted the role of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) affiliated medical schools and teaching hospitals across their three shared missions of patient care, education, and research, as well as how these partnerships ultimately benefit veterans and all Americans.


AAMC Testifies at House Oversight Hearing; VA Announces New “CARE” Plan

June 9, 2017

The House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations June 8 held a hearing titled VA and Academic Affiliates: Who’s Benefiting Now.


Health Profession Organizations Send Letter in Support of POST GRAD Act

June 2, 2017

The AAMC joined 14 health profession organizations on a June 1 letter to Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) in support of the Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt Act (POST GRAD, H.R. 4223).


President’s Budget Includes Major Cuts to HHS, Other Domestic Spending

May 26, 2017

The administration May 23 released its full fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request, which proposes $3.6 trillion in spending reductions over ten years. Though the proposal does not include direct cuts to Medicare, it proposes substantial reductions to other programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Medicaid, and health professions programs – as well as programs at the Departments of Education and Veterans Affairs.


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