AVMA Leads Broad Coalition Supporting Public Service Loan Forgiveness

(Repost from the AVMA@Work Blog)

More than 110 national and state animal health organizations have joined forces with the AVMA to urge Congress to preserve an important program that provides debt relief to veterinarians and others working in the nonprofit and public sectors.

This broad animal health coalition, representing nearly all major veterinary groups, is mobilizing in response to efforts by some lawmakers to reduce or eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Led by the AVMA, and with key support from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), the coalition sent a letter Monday to the chairpersons and ranking members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce. The letter highlights the value of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to the veterinary profession; we encourage you to read the whole letter here.

The PSLF program forgives loans for individuals who have worked 10 years in the nonprofit or public sector. Lawmakers have been eyeing this program for cuts for several years now, and the AVMA communicates frequently with Congress on this issue.

As Congress works through the budget process and the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, there are many points at which this program could be cut back or eliminated. The good news is that Congress is being responsive to letters and stories from veterinarians who support the program. So far, nearly 1,900 of you have contacted lawmakers about this program – and that number continues to increase each day!

Heading into the winter, it’s important that we keep up our momentum in support of this program. If you’re concerned about Public Service Loan Forgiveness, we encourage you to personalize and send this letter to your lawmakers in support of the program. You also can share your PSLF story here, so that our government relations team can share your stories in meetings with lawmakers. If you’d like to learn more about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and legislation that could affect it, you can read our issue brief.