• NASW-IL Staff

Tell President Biden to Eliminate Student Debt for Public Service Workers

Reprinted from the Student Borrower Protection Center

Are you one of the millions of people struggling to access Public Service Loan Forgiveness? Your story and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) experience matters! Tell President Biden, Secretary Cardona, and the Department of Education to eliminate student debt for those who have worked a decade or more serving their community. Now is the time to fulfill the promise of the PSLF program.

Congress created the PSLF program 14 years ago to alleviate the burden of student debt for dedicated public service workers. The idea was simple: work in public service for ten years and have your remaining student debt forgiven. Unfortunately, this promise has been denied at every turn. How bad is it?

  • 98% of PSLF applicants have been denied loan forgiveness.

  • Out of hundreds of thousands of military members, only 124 have had their loan forgiven.

  • The nearly 150,000 PSLF application backlog is causing borrowers months of delay and uncertainty around repayment.

  • Mismanagement and abuse by student loan companies has left hundreds of thousands deeper in debt and blocked access to PSLF for those with older federal loans.

Tell the Department of Education Your PSLF Story For years, we have heard Washington promise that problems with PSLF would “get fixed” and things would improve. No more empty promises. It is time for action.

Use this form to send a message about your PSLF problems to President Biden and the Department of Education. NOW is the time to deliver on the promise of PSLF and to eliminate student debt for borrowers with a decade of public service.

Participating Organizations Alliance for Youth Action, American Association of University Professors, Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund, American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW), Blue Future, California Association of Nonprofits, Center for Responsible Lending, Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA), Consumer Action, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Debt Collective, Equal Justice Works, the Forum for Youth Investment, Hildreth Institute, International Association of Fire Fighters, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), Maine Center for Economic Policy, National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), National Education Association, National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), New Era Colorado, New Jersey Citizens Action, New Hampshire Youth Movement, New Yorkers For Responsible Lending, Ohio Student Association, Rise, Progress Virginia, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), SEIU Local 509, SparkAction, Student Debt Crisis, Teamsters (Public Sector Division), UnidosUS, United Church of Christ, Justice and Local Church Ministries, United States Student Association, U.S. PIRG, University of Maine System Divest, Virginia Poverty Law Center, Veterans Education Success

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