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September 5th, 2019
Rep. Grijalva on New GAO Report Concerning Loan Forgiveness Program: ?Clear Hostility to Helping Public Servants in Dept. of Education’

TUCSON— Today, a new report from the Government Accountability Office revealed that the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (TEPSLFP) rejected 99 percent of borrowers from receiving student loan forgiveness. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program was established in 2007 to offer loan forgiveness to those who pursued careers in public service and made payments on their loans for ten years.

“Under Secretary DeVos, the Department of Education has completely mismanaged the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and left countless individuals on the hook for exorbitant student loan debt they assumed would be forgiven,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. “This is a slap in the face to the teachers, government workers, nurses, and others who planned their futures around student loan forgiveness that has yet to materialize.” 

Last year, Congress allocated $700 million to the Department of Education to establish TEPSLFP and remedy serious problems with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. According to the report, the Department of Education only spent $27 million, and numerous problems persist.

“There is a clear hostility in the Department of Education to helping relieve hard-working public servants of their debt burdens,” continued Rep. Grijalva. “I look forward to investigating this in Congress and demand answers for the students who never received their loan forgiveness.”


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