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In addition to state-based programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program will pay qualified vets up to $25,000 per year. Graduates must work for at least three years in a designated vet shortage area, such as northeastern Montana, Sioux County in Nebraska or Steuben County in New York.
Seventy-five veterinarians, with an average debt load of nearly $110,000, received funding through this program for fiscal year 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program awarded $7.25 million in loan repayment assistance during that time frame.
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Maryland residents can also get help through the Janet L. Hoffman Loan Assistance Program if they work for the state government, a local municipality or a nonprofit agency in the state. To be eligible, applicants must work with low-income and underserved residents. The program also has an income restriction.
Borrowers in any state who took out a Perkins loan can have some or all of the debt canceled if they work in a qualified area for up to five years. Firefighters, speech pathologists, librarians and special education teachers are just a few of the professions eligible for the Perkins program, which typically designates graduates work in low-income or underserved areas to qualify.
Loan forgiveness is never a guarantee, so students shouldn't rack up debt in the hopes the slate will eventually be wiped clean, advise the authors of the American Student Assistance e-book. "Always borrow the bare minimum you need, and think of any potential forgiveness benefits as a (very) happy bonus."
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