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Sarbanes, Kaine, Gillibrand Lead Bicameral Push to Fix PSLF Program and Provide America’s Public Servants with Urgently Needed Student Loan Relief

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Lawmakers Urge Biden Education Department and Secretary Cardona to Correct Administrative Errors, Modify Program Restrictions and Crack Down on Predatory Student Loan Servicers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.), U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) today led more than 50 colleagues in calling on the Biden Administration to strengthen the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program and ensure that America’s teachers, social workers, public defenders, service members and community health care workers, along with many other public servants, receive the student loan forgiveness they have earned.

“Especially now, as our nation works to combat COVID-19 and build back better from this pandemic, the federal government must fulfill its promise to our public service workers who placed themselves in harm’s way to serve their community during this unprecedented time,” the lawmakers wrote. “The [U.S. Department of Education] has an opportunity to uphold the promise to our public servants by taking administrative action to provide them with relief.”

The lawmakers continued: “We urge you to take action to waive or modify counterproductive restrictions, barriers and donut holes in PSLF… We also urge the Department to take proactive steps to simplify the process, provide more transparency and bolster oversight of the program and loan servicers to ensure that the PSLF program is implemented in accordance with congressional intent.”

The lawmakers concluded: “We stand ready to work with you on this important issue. Now is the time to fix PSLF and finally allow the program to benefit the millions of dedicated teachers, nurses, first responders, service members and other public servants who have depended on this relief.”

Click here for a full copy of the letter.

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