Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Historic settlement provides relief for tens of thousands of rejected borrowers.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 - 7:00PM TO 8:00PM

Spanish Language Public Service Loan Forgiveness Webinar

Our years of advocacy for AFT members around the country is paying off.

Since 2016, the AFT has been working to address and abate this student debt crisis. We hosted thousands of debt clinics, pressed lawmakers for changes and took this fight to the courts. We took on one of the largest loan servicers in the country, Navient, and then in July of 2019, in a groundbreaking legal action, we sued then-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for mismanaging the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and leaving tens of thousands of borrowers with nowhere to turn when their relief was denied.

As of Oct. 12, we reached a settlement in Weingarten v. DeVos. The Department of Education led by Secretary Miguel Cardona agreed to work with us to ensure relief for the countless borrowers who relied on the promise of Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Millions of Americans will now have their loans completely forgiven or will be properly enrolled in a forgiveness program crediting their years of past payments, putting them much closer to full forgiveness. The AFT’s nurses, educators, public employees, school staff and higher education staff will all benefit from these changes.

AFT stories

The AFT, AFT President Randi Weingarten and eight individual AFT member plaintiffs have reached a landmark settlement with the U.S. Department of Education in the case Weingarten v. DeVos.
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From frontline nurses to college counselors and teachers, AFT members are among the millions who struggle with student debt.
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Adjunct faculty are among the lowest-paid staff on campus, and adding student debt to the equation is crushing.
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Half a million borrowers finally have a clear path to discharging their loans with the overhaul of PSLF.
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