Education Debt Manager for Graduating Medical School Students--2017

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  Education Debt Manager For Graduating Medical School Students FIRST is a program of the Association of American Medical Colleges Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools 2017  FIRST is a program of the Association of American Medical Colleges Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools Education Debt Manager For Graduating Medical School Students 2017  © 2017 Association of American Medical Colleges. All rights reserved.Information within the EDM is based on AAMC estimates and interpretation of federal regulations effective 01/2017. Information is subject to change based on changes in federal regulations and/or at the discretion of the Secretary of the Department of Education. For exact loan balances and information on repayment, graduates should contact the servicers of their student loans. Please note: AAMC presentations are intended to provide general information and are not intended to fulfill or replace any federally mandated requirement. Published January 2017.  Te best advice I received when I was contemplating a career in medicine was to concentrate my initial efforts on getting into medical school and leave the issue of how to pay for it for another day. Advisors assured me that there would be enough money available in the form of scholarships, grants, and low-interest loans to pay for my medical education.What they did not educate me about was debt management, the principle of compound interest, and that it could take me the bulk of my professional career to pay off my student loans.It has been more than 20 years since I heard those words of advice, and I’ve been passing them along to prospective medical students ever since. However, I qualify my comments today with the fact that the trend line for medical student indebtedness has become increasingly steep with each academic year.Students must arrive at the door of the house of medicine with an enhanced awareness of how they will navigate the rising tide of medical education debt they will encounter prior to their graduation. Gary LeRoy, MDAssociate Dean Wright State University A Note from FIRST Congratulations! You’ve completed your medical education, and now you’ll want to start planning a strategy for repaying your student loans.Facing student loan debt may seem daunting, confusing, or even frustrating; understanding your loans and the various options for managing them can help. Knowing all of your choices gives you the opportunity to make the best financial decisions.Within this resource, you will find a detailed listing of your options for managing your student loans, ways to postpone payments during residency, tips to reduce the total cost of your debt, and resources to help you along the way. Not only will this information help you make wise repayment decisions, it also will help you develop important debt management skills for the future (including the lean years of residency).Benjamin Franklin has been attributed with saying, “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Be encouraged; the major investment you made in yourself, your future, and the future of health care will be rewarding, both personally and professionally.
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