About the bill
Nearly 99 percent of applicants for a federal student loan forgiveness program are being turned down. Should more be accepted?
Created in 2007, the Education Department’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program aims to help erase student debt for graduates who go into important public sector jobs such as the military, police officers, firefighters, teachers, and public defenders.
But under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Trump Administration tightened the rules for eligibility. As a result, almost 99 percent of PSLF applications have been denied. Only $10.6 million out of the $700 million Congress appropriated for the program has been spent.
What the bill does
The What You Can Do For Your Country Act would greatly expand eligibility for the PSLF program, so that almost everybody who deserves the …
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Junior Senator for New York. Democrat.
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Length: 29 pages
116th Congress (2019–2021)
This bill was introduced on April 11, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.
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28 Cosponsors (27 Democrats, 1 Independent)
What legislators are saying
“Baldwin, Colleagues Call for Fixes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to be Included in Relief Package”
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin [D-WI] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 27, 2020
Apr 11, 2019
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S. 1203 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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