Recommended Fixes to PSLF for the Biden/Harris Transition Team

October 09, 2020

We specifically ask that the next administration remove barriers that prevent many public servants from obtaining student loan forgiveness under PSLF and the Temporary Expanded PSLF program (TEPSLF). Specifically, The Department of Education should...

Letter to Senate

June 30, 2020

"As you know, our public service professionals are putting their lives on the line to keep communities across the country healthy and safe. In the next round of legislation, the Senate should remove barriers that prevent many public servants from obtaining student loan forgiveness under PSLF."

Letter to Secretary DeVos

June 24, 2019

Under 20 U.S.C. 1087e(m)(1)(b), borrowers who have fully qualified for loan forgiveness must still be working in a public interest position when they are granted forgiveness. This requirement would be unexceptionable if borrowers who have completed ten years of qualifying public service and made 120 qualifying loan repayments could have their applications for forgiveness approved promptly. But because of administrative lapses over the past decade, the Department of Education is often unable to process and approve applications promptly. As a practical matter, this means that many borrowers may be unable to obtain forgiveness unless they remain in public service jobs far beyond ten years. 

Letter to New Members of Congress

January 17, 2019

This program, enacted with bipartisan support during the George W. Bush administration, encourages Americans to pursue careers in public service that significantly contribute to the well-being of the communities you represent.

Letter to Secretary DeVos

October 19, 2018

We are writing in reaction to the recent Department of Education (the Department) report that only one percent of 29,000 applications for loan forgiveness were accepted and to the recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report identifying significant weaknesses in the manner and type of information and guidance the Department has provided to the PSLF servicer and borrowers over the past decade. 

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health

June 12, 2018

As leaders of schools and programs of public health, we are writing to inform you of the importance of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which serves a critical need by making it possible for graduates with educational debt to enter a career of public service. 

Student Body Presidents of Big 10 Universities

June 12, 2018

We are writing this letter to urge you to vote against the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act that would be detrimental to prospective and current undergraduate college students across the country. 

National Asian Pacific Bar Association

June 04, 2018

On behalf of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), I write to express our support for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and to urge you to reconsider the elimination of the program through the PROSPER Act. The PSLF program, which was enacted with bipartisan support in 2007 during the George W. Bush administration, forgives the remaining student debt of graduates pursuing public service careers who have made qualifying student loan repayments for ten years.

AccessLex Institute Opposes Several Provisions in PROSPER Act

May 23, 2018

Eliminating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, which encourages graduates to enter and persist in critical, underserved sectors, would worsen existing gaps in access to vital public services and the quality of delivery of such services.

Don't Eliminate PSLF in the PROSPER Act

May 23, 2018

Eliminating PSLF, as the PROSPER Act proposes, will cripple communities across the country, especially those in rural regions, and negatively affect the health and well-being of many Americans, depriving them of needed services in our schools, hospitals, courtrooms, and neighborhoods. We urge you to fully preserve PSLF for current and future generations. 

So. Carolina Primary Health Care Association Asks Congress to Preserve PSLF

May 15, 2018

PSLF makes it financially feasible for talented individuals to commit to careers in medically underserved areas.  We have seen many qualified students follow their hearts to serve communities that need them versus taking a more lucrative position in order to pay back loans. Richetta Deas, ANP-C, is one such individual. As she progressed through her education, she quickly noted how many communities lacked access to quality health care. Richetta is a Licensed Practical Nurse at Fetter Health Care Network in the Trident area. 

January 10, 2018

DoD opposes this legislation because the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program has been an important recruitment and retention tool for the military to compete with civilian sector, predominantly in specialty fields, such as the Judge Advocates General Corps, for whom graduate degrees are required. The absence of this program, particularly in a strong economy, makes recruitment and retention especially difficult in specialized occupations.

March 27, 2018

While we appreciate the efforts of the majority to move reauthorization forward, H.R. 4508, the Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Higher Education Reform (PROSPER) Act, contains numerous provisions that would be detrimental to veterans and their families... 

Read our Coalition’s Statement about the new spending bill

April 04, 2018

President Trump recently signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes funding to help student loan borrowers who have performed ten years of public service and made consistent payments on their student loans, but are ineligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. 

Comments Submitted to Senate HELP Committee

February 23, 2018

The PSLF Coalition, a group of more than 50 organizations that train or serve public service professionals, welcomes the opportunity to comment on the HELP Committee’s efforts to update and improve the Higher Education Act.  We are writing to urge Congress to maintain the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF) in its current form in the reauthorization.

Read our Coalition's Letter to Congress

November 17, 2017

Dear Members of Congress: The undersigned organizations write to urge that you preserve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. This program, enacted with bipartisan support during the Bush Administration, has given Americans from every region of the country the ability to take and remain in critically needed public service jobs, including those in underserved communities. 

Letter from Military Service Organizations

November 01, 2017

We write to urge your Committee to preserve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and to ensure its full access by veterans and military service organizations. Public Service Loan Forgiveness enables Americans to reduce or eliminate their student loan debt through 10 years of service to their nation. 

Letter from the Fraternal Order of Police

October 19, 2017

I am writing today on behalf of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police to urge you to preserve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. This program is of great value to our nation's law enforcement officers and other public safety officers, who work tirelessly to keep us safe. 

Letter from Veterinarians and Food Safety Professionals

November 17, 2017

What do healthy animals, safe and nutritious food grown in the United States and global trade have in common? What do sheep and goats, salmon and seals, cows and catfish, horses and pigs, giraffes and lions, chickens and turkeys, tigers and bears have in common? The answer is highly educated and well-trained scientists including veterinarians, animal scientists, dairy scientists, equine scientists, poultry scientists, marine biologists, zoologists, animal nutritionists, epidemiologists, pathologists, ecologists, veterinary technicians and many others.


What these scientific professionals have in common, aside from a love of animals and a commitment to their vocations, is educational debt. After devoting years of their lives completing rigorous educational programs gaining requisite knowledge, skills and experience needed to fill demanding specialized jobs they are in debt. 

Letter from Social Workers

July 20, 2015

We write to you on behalf of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) to encourage you to maintain federal support for programs critical to protecting the public service safety net, and ensuring the recruitment and retention of social workers in the United States. As the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions considers reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), we urge you to protect the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) and income-driven repayment plans within the HEA for our programs and our students.

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