New opportunities for recent grads looking to treat the underserved
What's the issue?
On Wednesday, May 23, the U.S. Department of Education announced a temporary expansion of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The program provides student loan forgiveness for borrowers who work full-time in public service. The temporary expansion would allow borrowers to be reconsidered for the program. The opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the $350 million that has been allocated is awarded.
Also on May 23, the Senate passed a comprehensive bill to overhaul the Veteran's Administration (VA) health care system. In addition to combining the seven VA health programs into one, the bill includes a scholarship opportunity for doctors or dentists interested in working for the VA.
Why is this important?
Preserving PSLF is one of the principles ASDA advocated for during ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day. While temporary, the expansion helps strengthen the program for individuals looking to serve the public.
On the second issue, ASDA supports scholarship opportunities that allow students to treat underserved populations, such as veterans. This bill is a helpful step to ensuring veterans have access to the medical and dental care they need.