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Draw Up a Game Plan to Tackle Graduate Student Debt

February 1, 2019

By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Senior Director of Government and Public Relations

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year. Whether it’s for the love of the game, the half-time show, or the creative advertising throughout the event, the Super Bowl draws millions of viewers across the country.

Whether you’re a diehard fan or simply interested in the Super Bowl festivities, many see the event as a time to gather with family and friends to relax and enjoy the spectacle, which makes it easy to forget about the significant pre-event preparations required. Months of training, planning, and hard work are just several of the key preparations that help prime players for the big game.

Medical and health professions students are no strangers to this type of arduous preparation—especially when it comes to graduate student debt. But for our team of students preparing to enter the health care workforce, it’s much more serious than a game, and the stakes are exponentially higher.

ED to MED understands the challenges of graduate student debt and the burden that high interest rates leave on tomorrow’s health professionals. If you don’t manage it proactively, graduate student debt can sneak up on and blind side you, putting your financial future at risk.

Fortunately, there is a solution, and it all starts with a simple game plan. Don’t have a winning strategy in place? Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

At ED to MED, we have the tools you need to help you tackle graduate student debt by making smart decisions about financing your education. Make sure to add these three tips to your playbook:

1. Plan Ahead with AACOM’s Financial Aid Modules: Don’t let graduate student debt catch you off guard. Mapping out a solid strategy is a critical component to any game plan. Get ahead of the competition with AACOM’s 2019 financial aid modules, which cover a broad scope of topics such as repayment options, best practices, and much more.


2. Make Sure You’re on Track for Loan Forgiveness: Enrolling in programs like Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is a great defensive strategy when preventing graduate student debt from dictating your future, but to succeed, you must avoid the common mistakes. Avoid the potential flags on the play with these tips.


3. Help Improve Our Winning Team: There’s no “I” in “team.” Our voices are our strength, and by recruiting fellow members of the health care community to the ED to MED campaign, we strengthen our impact. Huddle up, share the game plan, and encourage your colleagues to join ED to MED and help us grow our winning team to fight for the policies that enable the future health care workforce to provide care for patients across the country.


Now that you have a game plan in place, you’re ready to take on the challenges of graduate student debt. Know a friend or family member that could benefit from these tips? Share this blog post and ask them to join ED to MED today.