On July 28, Americans for Financial Reform joined 55 other organizations in submitting a letter to Senate leadership in opposition to the Safely Back to School and Back to Work Act, released as a part of the HEALS Act. Young Invincibles led this effort with Americans for
“Even in a government full of people without the integrity, will or courage to do the right thing, most of the agencies stand down — or at least pretend to — when ordered by the courts. But not the Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos, who seems to have been only further animated by her losses in court over her efforts to deny the rightful debt cancellations owed to people who attended predatory, for-profit colleges, borrowers who are disproportionately women and people of color, and often now working in front-line jobs.”
Today, 103 civil rights, consumer and advocacy organizations and think tanks sent a joint letter to House and Senate leadership, urging them to include student debt cancellation in the next economic stimulus package.
Led by American for Financial Reform, Demos, Center for Responsible Lending and Freedom to Prosper, the letter stresses the ways that if left unaddressed, the student debt trap will deepen our current recession, slow our economic recovery, exacerbate inequality, and deepen a crisis already facing black and brown borrowers and families.
Over 100 organizations sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to include student debt cancellation in the next coronavirus package.
Letter to NJ State Senate: AFR Supports S. 2358 to address abuses in the private student loan market
Americans for Financial Reform wrote to the New Jersey State Senate in support of S. 2358. This important bill seeks to stop practices like dual tracking and robo-signing in the private student loan market. As a coalition formed in the wake of the 2008 financial
Cross-posted from the Center for Responsible Lending Joint Statement: Narrowing Student Debt Cancellation in Heroes Act Leaves Out Millions We, the 9 undersigned organizations, write to share our concerns about proposed changes to the student debt relief provisions in the Heroes Act. The original Heroes
Statement: Narrowing student debt cancellation in the Heroes Act leaves out millions and surrenders a key tool for economic stimulus
As Congress considers the next steps to rebuild the U.S. economy, student debt cancellation must remain a priority. Speaker Pelosi said that the third pillar of the Heroes Act is “putting much-needed money into the pockets of the American people.” Narrowing the student debt cancellation provisions in the HEROES Act surrenders a crucial tool to address this economic crisis that would do exactly that.
The HEROES Act provides needed relief to the 45 million student loan borrowers in the U.S., tackling the ongoing economic fallout caused by the coronavirus with an approach that research shows would boost the economy overall. HEROES includes $10,000 in federal student debt cancellation, which would leave as estimated 16 million borrowers completely debt-free. It also extends the CARES Act suspension of student loan payments to September 2021, giving borrowers a chance to recover on the same timeline the economy is projected to need to return to pre-coronavirus productivity.
News Release: New Bipartisan Poll Shows Strong Support for Student Loan Debt Cancellation During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) released a bipartisan poll today showing that Americans around the country and across partisan identities strongly support student debt reduction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Policy Recommendations: Critical Post-CARES Act Financial Policy Steps to Respond to the Coronavirus
Americans for Financial Reform released a set of financial policy recommendations for Congress to fix the problems and loopholes in the CARES Act, to further protect and support individuals, families and communities in the face of this crisis, and to lay the groundwork for an equitable and sustainable economic recovery.