Statement by APTA President on Senate's Passing of HR 4137

Friday, August 1, 2008

"The American Physical Therapy Association praises the US Senate for passing the extremely important bill, College Opportunity and Affordability Act, and we urge President Bush to sign this bill into law.

"HR 4137 will allow physical therapists who provide care to children, adolescents, and veterans to be eligible for up to $10,000 over 5 years in authorized student loan repayment programs.

"As a result of the extensive education and clinical training required to become a physical therapist, students often begin their careers with significant levels of debt. By relieving some of that burden to bring more physical therapists to clinically underserved communities, this legislation will provide lasting benefits for years to come."

APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD