The AGD has commended Congress for passing the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013.
The bill rolls back and restructures federal student loan interest rates. Dental student debt has been a top priority for the AGD since 2012.
AGD President Dr. Linda Edgar states that the debt of newly graduated dentists has nearly doubled in less than 10 years. She adds that new practitioners start out with more than $220,000 in debt, which makes them less inclined to provide dentistry to underserved populations.
AGD members have been partnering with American Student Dental Association (ASDA) members, conducting meetings with federal legislators regarding the personal, professional, and societal cost of educational loans.
Several AGD leaders and ASDA members met with policymakers and agency officials to discuss possible solutions to the student debt crisis.