I presented DPT Student Loans: The Past, The Present, & the Future to the University of Maryland Baltimore Class of 2017 on June 10, 2016. In my role as an alternate student delegate for the APTA of Maryland, I was interested in the subject matter and presented my research and experience at the House of Delegates (HOD) for 50 mins.
I focused the student on the national scope of student debt in physical therapy, the HOD bill regarding evaluating APTA solution proposals, government implications on previous loan forgiveness for physical therapist students, and current strategies to prepare for life as new graduates. I was able to gain and relay very valuable information to ensure my classmates were best prepared and knowledgeable of the financial literacy resources and loan forgiveness programs available to them. My information was complimented by Tisa L. Silver Canady, Director of the Finance and Wellness Center at University of Maryland Baltimore. Her professional opinion and experience gave increased substance and credibility to financial suggestions and resources presented.