Medical Student Debt
Overview of Medical Student Debt
With the median annual tuition for medical students now exceeding $32,000 at public medical schools and $50,000 at private institutions, rising educational costs and a resulting increase in student debt have emerged as significant barriers for primary care physicians entering the profession.
To meet this challenge, the AAFP has called for expanded funding for federal loan and scholarship programs that target family medicine and primary care. We also support the deferment of interest and principal payments on medical student loans until after completion of postgraduate training. We further recommend that the interest on medical student loans be deductible on federal tax returns.
Separately, the AAFP has continued to support the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which offers scholarships or loan repayment as incentives for physicians to enter primary care settings that serve Americans in rural and underserved areas. By addressing medical school debt burdens, the NHSC also helps ensure wider access to medical education opportunities.
Recent AAFP Communications
AAFP Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Prioritization of Primary Care and the Primary Care Delivery System - April 13, 2020(4 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to House and Senate Leadership on COVID-19 Legislative Priorities - March 19, 2020(4 page PDF)
AAFP Letter on the THCGME, CHC, NHSC, PCORI, and Medicaid Extensions Markup - July 11, 2019(2 page PDF)
AAFP Testimony to the House Small Business Committee on Student Debt and Practice - June 12, 2019(6 page PDF)
AAFP Testimony to the Senate Appropriations Labor HHS on FY 2020 Priorities - April 12, 2019(3 page PDF)
Joint Communications with Other Organizations
Joint Letter to Congressional Leadership on Potential Phase 4 Coronavrius Relief Bill - April 15, 2020(8 page PDF)
Joint Letter from Friends of HRSA to Congress on FY 2020 Spending - March 15, 2019(5 page PDF)
Joint Physician Dentist Letter to Rep. Babin on Resident Education Deferred Interest Act - March 19, 2019(2 page PDF)
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