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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Courtney and colleagues in the House Demand Secretary DeVos follow through on student debt commitments to first responders and others

I joined over 150 members of the House and Senate in signing a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos demanding an explanation as to why thousands of qualified applicants for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) are being denied their claims. PSLF allows teachers, police officers, rural doctors, and others to have their student loan debt forgiven after 10 years of service in high-need fields. The program has long been a priority of mine and in fact, my first speech on the House floor was about the “College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007.” That bipartisan effort, which was signed into law by President Bush, created PSLF in its current form. The Trump Administration has sought to eliminate the PSLF in annual budget proposals—an effort that Congress has rejected on a bipartisan basis. Secretary DeVos needs to honor the work of dedicated public servants who were promised loan forgiveness in return for 10 years of hard work, and I will continue to hold the Department of Education to the task of implementing the PSLF program faithfully.

You can read the full letter here: Letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos