WESLEY WHISTLE: New Data Shows Progress For Public Service Loan Forgiveness
"The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program has continued to receive attention for high rejection rates. Of course, that doesn’t tell the full story as most of the rejections are due to applicants not qualifying for the program—at least not yet. New data released from the Department of Education show progress for the programs with many borrowers receiving relief."
DINA KASTNER: NASW Staff Attends Hearing on Capitol Hill Examining Failed Implementation of PSLF Program
"Yael Shavit, assistant attorney general of Massachusetts, discussed the serious concerns her office has about implementation of PSLF. It is a program that is critical to borrowers and society at large."
NICOLE MARTIN: Using Data Visualizations And Infographics To Show The Student Debt Crisis In The U.S.
"This infographic shows the shocking the amount of student debt in the nation has risen to. The total number comes to $1,011,654,459,649. With 37 million Americans having some kind of student debt and 27% of those are behind in payments."
CHRIS ARNOLD: Broken Promises: Teachers Sue U.S. Over Student Loans That Weren't Forgiven
"The American Federation of Teachers filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court. In the complaint obtained by NPR, the union is asking the court to order the department to fix the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program so that it meets legal standards. It's also asking the department to come up with an appeals process for people who believe they have been treated unfairly."
KIMBERLY HEFLING: Inside the hot mess that's the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program
"Only about 1 percent of the teachers, nurses, public defenders, military personnel and other public servants applying for student loan relief under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program are succeeding. That leaves tens of thousands of frustrated borrowers with student loans they thought would be forgiven after they worked a decade on the job."
Tim Kaine and Randi Weingarten: The sabotage of public service student loan forgiveness
"Public service transcends politics. It's one of the greatest reflections of American values, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a promise worth our continued investment so the great tradition of service in this country can move forward without enforcing a lifetime sentence of debt."
Ron Lieber: Your Student Loan Servicer Will Call You Back in a Year. Sorry.
"A bill introduced in the Senate on Thursday could simplify the program. Senator Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia, who helped coordinate the proposal for that $700 million-plus in fix-it money, also helped lead the effort on proposed legislation that would allow every federal loan and every federal repayment plan to qualify for the program."
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