By Mary-Lynn Bender, AACOM Interim Vice President of Government and Public Relations
Calling all ED to MED advocates: share your story about why federal financial aid and loan forgiveness must be preserved to ensure patient health and equitable access to higher education.
Under the Administration’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget, both the Grad PLUS Loan Program and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program would see drastic changes that, if enacted, would impact the next generation of health professionals and the health of patients across the nation.
Particularly, the proposed budget would eliminate the PSLF Program, which helps relieve the debt burden of thousands of health professionals while increasing patient access to primary care, especially in rural and underserved areas.
The proposed budget would also cap the Grad PLUS Loan Program at $50,000 annually, with an aggregate limit of $100,000. Capping this program would limit access to higher education, exacerbating the health care workforce shortage.
As Congress negotiates the FY21 funding bills, we urge legislators to reject these proposals to eliminate PSLF and cap Grad PLUS, and work in a bipartisan manner to invest in a robust, patient-centered workforce.
Your story matters! Help us spread this message to Capitol Hill by using our Tweet Your Legislator tool. You can send a direct message to Members of Congress and tell them how Grad PLUS and/or PSLF are essential to your education and commitment to public service. Join in this collective effort to #SavePSLF and #SaveGradPLUS today!