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Pandemic’s Upside: Student Loan Debt Relief and Repayment Flexibilities [Podcast]

New dentists find silver lining for student loan debt under the federal CARES Act
Managing Finances Team of People

New dentists often graduate six-figures in debt and subsequently worry about the consequences of their student loan debt on their chances of one day owning a dental practice. When looking at a dentist’s loan portfolio, guest Alex Macielak of Laurel Road says that student loan debt is only one piece of the financial pie. He shares strategies for loan repayment planning to help new dentists reach their financial goals. Hear how dentists can manage their student loan debt with interest waivers and flexible repayment options under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March 2020.

This is episode 20 of Beyond the Mouth, a podcast series in which ADA’s Dr. Betsy Shapiro chats with a diverse group of people who can help with the non-clinical challenges dentists experience every day.

This episode was released on November 11, 2020. 

Alex Macielak, Laurel Road

Alex Macielak, Laurel Road

Alex Macielak is the Director of Business Development for Laurel Road. He has over nine years of experience in the student loan industry and has helped thousands of borrowers determine their optimal repayment strategy. Alex has a degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley University.



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