H. R. 2270
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 1, 2017
Mr. Langevin (for himself, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Krishnamoorthi, and Mr. Roskam) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
To amend section 437(d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to provide for repayment by the Secretary of loans to parents of disabled students.
This Act may be cited as the
PLUS Loan Disability Forgiveness Act.
Repayment of parent loans due to student disability
Section 437(d) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087(d)) is amended—
If a student and inserting the following:
If a student
by adding at the end the following:
The Secretary shall discharge a parent's liability on a loan described in section 428B by repaying the amount owed on the loan if the student on whose behalf the parent has received the loan—
becomes permanently and totally disabled (as determined in accordance with regulations of the Secretary); or
is unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death, has lasted for a continuous period of not less than 60 months, or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 60 months.
Subsection (a)(2) shall apply to a disability determination under this paragraph in the same manner as such subsection applies to a determination under subsection (a)(1).
The safeguards to prevent fraud and abuse developed under subsection (a)(1) shall apply under this paragraph.
Reinstatement of loans
The Secretary may promulgate regulations to reinstate the obligation of, and resume collection on, loans discharged under this paragraph in cases in which the Secretary determines that the reinstatement and resumption is necessary and appropriate based upon the regulations developed under subsection (a)(1).