For Immediate Release
Sept. 2, 2019: As many college students return to the classroom and public servants head back to work after Labor Day, 43 members of the Maryland General Assembly are urging U.S. Dept. of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos to come clean on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
This announcement from Maryland legislators, organized by Delegate Lesley J. Lopez (D39), comes the same day as MD Attorney General Brian Frosh, and attorneys general from California,Connecticut, Illinois, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington asked DeVos for clarifying information.
“Thousands of our constituents will not be able to receive the debt relief they were promised and will face financial hardship if this mishandling continues,” said Del. Lesley Lopez. “Ending the student loan crisis would dramatically improve the economic landscape of our state; and a big step forward would be that the Trump administration make right on our country’s promise to public servants.”
Background: Maryland is home to many who work to benefit the social good; thousands of these workers are also student loan borrowers who were told they would be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which was introduced by Rep. Sarbanes with the intention of forgiving student debt after a decade of public service and good payment history.
Unfortunately, PSLF has been gutted and woefully mismanaged under the Trump Administration, who has underfunded the program and muddied the waters on how to qualify. Currently, 99.6% of applicants are deemed ineligible with little explanation and the NEA has even filed a lawsuit to address this mismanagement.