Advocacy Briefs: ACP Urges Stafford Loan Limit Increase
ACP joined a group of almost 60 health professions associations to urge U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to increase the aggregate combined Stafford loan limit for health professions students from $189,125 to $223,793.
Students in programs leading to a degree in allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatric medicine, and naturopathic medicine are eligible for additional annual unsubsidized Stafford loans beyond that of a graduate/professional student. However, many students require more than this aggregate limit and are forced to seek less favorable options.
The letter points out that "the aggregate combined Stafford loan limit for health professions students has remained stagnant for over a decade, does not account for recent increases in annual unsubsidized Stafford loan limits or reflect programs of different duration, and is not defined in regulation."
Students: Join ACP for Free
Benefits of Membership for Students: ACP's free Medical Student Membership includes benefits designed especially to meet students' needs.
Join Now: Sign-up today and begin enjoying the benefits of ACP Medical Student Membership.
Find a Residency
Search ACP's Internal Medicine Residency Database for information on all internal medicine residency programs in the U.S. and Canada. (ACP Members only)
MKSAP 16 Holiday Special: Save 10%
Use MKSAP 16® to earn MOC points, prepare for ABIM exams and assess your clinical knowledge. For a limited time save 10% when you use priority code MKPROMO! Order now.
Maintenance of Certification:
What if I Still Don't Know Where to Start?
Because the rules are complex and may apply differently depending on when you last certified, ACP has developed a MOC Navigator. This FREE tool can help you understand the impact of MOC, review requirements, guide you in selecting ways to meet the requirements, show you how to enroll, and more. Start navigating now.