Dems Push to Make Public Service Loan Forgiveness Stick

By The New England Council

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Democrats Want Public Service Loan Waiver Made Permanent. The “Simplifying and Strengthening PSLF Act” would make permanent some of the changes made through the temporary Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver announced by the Biden administration last year. These changes both simplified the application process for borrowers while also shortening the length of time a borrower must work in public service from 10 to five years. In an interview with Inside Higher Ed, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) said “with a ticking clock on the waiver program, there should be, in my opinion, a growing concern and receptivity to extending the benefits of the [waiver] for people to get the discharge that they qualify for under the law.” The congressman is the sponsor of the House companion bill which was originally introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) earlier this year. Additional information can be found here.

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