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The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating effects on the health and economic security of families and individuals. As Congress considers additional legislation to help the millions who are suffering, measures to ease the burden of our nation’s 45 million student loan borrowers should be included. The average educator begins a career with about $35,000 in student loan debt. The Student Debt Emergency Relief Act (H.R. 6363), introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), would cancel at least $30,000 in outstanding student loan debt, boosting consumer spending and reducing the financial strain on educators and other borrowers.
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Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), which governs federal student-aid programs, federal aid to colleges, oversight of teacher preparation programs, and much more, is long overdue. In October 2019, the House Education and Labor Committee passed the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674), which would help educate and prepare teachers, improve loan forgiveness programs for educators, and take other crucial steps to strengthen post-secondary education and make it accessible to more students. But the Senate has yet to act.
Email your representatives and urge them to reinvest in colleges and universities by supporting the College Affordability Act.
Email your senators and urge them to act now to overhaul the Higher Education Act.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program encourages college graduates to pursue careers in public service. education. If educators, first responders, social workers, and other public servants make 10 years’ worth of qualified monthly payments on their federal student loans, they will get the remaining balance forgiven.
But that’s not happening, because the program is broken. Fewer than 1 percent of eligible public servants who apply actually receive the loan forgiveness they were promised.
Tell Congress to invest in public service by fixing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
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