The U.S. Department of Education has issued an official Request for Information (RFI) for personal stories about student loan debt and the Public Service Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Created in 2007, PSLF was designed to encourage college graduates to pursue careers in education, health care, firefighting, and other forms of public service. The program promised to wipe away federal student debt after 120 qualifying monthly payments—10 years’ worth of payments.
Instead, under the failed leadership of Betsy DeVos, the Department of Education rejected 98 percent of the PSLF applications filed since 2017, when the first public sector workers became eligible for relief. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg—for every qualified borrower whose application has been rejected, tens of thousands more have been knocked off course or never sought relief.
Tell Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona about your personal experiences with student loan debt and urge him to fulfill the promise of PSLF.