Town hall discusses how to revive Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Sep 3, 2021

Social workers, nurses, teachers and others have been on the frontlines of the pandemic, helping people cope with the health and economic impact of COVID-19. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program had promised to cancel their student loan debt after 10 years of service, but has failed to deliver.

The National Association of Social Workers supports two events that address student loan debt forgiveness:


Protecting America’s Frontline Workers: A Borrower Town Hall on Public Service and Debt Relief

September 9 from 7 – 8 p.m. ET
Join the Student Borrower Protection Center and Student Debt Crisis Center for a town hall that will spotlight why public service workers are having problems getting promised student loan forgiveness and why the Biden Administration must restore the promise of loan forgiveness.

The town hall will include remarks from American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, a panel discussion with borrowers struggling to get loan forgiveness, information for borrowers on managing student loans and to learn about getting involved in a campaign to restore the promise of Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF).

Register for “Protecting America’s Frontline Workers” Town Hall

SBPC-NASW Webinar with Link (003)

Social Workers & Public Service Loan Forgiveness

September 15 from 6 – 7 p.m. ET
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is partnering with the Student Borrower Protection Center to host a webinar highlighting what social workers need to know about managing their student loans, information on accessing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, and to learn about getting involved in a campaign to restore the promise of PSLF.

Register for “Social Workers & Public Service Loan Forgiveness”

Tell the Department of Education Your PSLF Story

Are you one of the millions of people struggling to access Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)?

Tell President Biden, Secretary Cardona, and the Department of Education to eliminate student debt for those who have worked a decade or more serving their community. Now is the time to fulfill the promise of the PSLF program.

Congress created the PSLF program 14 years ago to alleviate the burden of student debt for dedicated public service workers. The idea was simple: work in public service for ten years and have your remaining student debt forgiven. Unfortunately, this promise has been denied at every turn. How bad is it?

  • 98 percent of PSLF applicants have been denied loan forgiveness.
  • The nearly 150,000 PSLF application backlog is causing borrowers months of delay and uncertainty around repayment.

Your story about your PSLF experience matters!

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