This week the Department of Education announced that it will discharge all remaining federal student loans for borrowers who attended any campus owned or operated by Corinthian Colleges Inc. The relief will total $5.8 billion and cancel debt for 560,000 borrowers, without any additional action needed.
Letters to Regulators: Letter to Treasury to Halt Government Seizure of CTC, EITC and Social Security
AFR joined a letter to Treasury expressing concern that their practice of reducing or eliminating payments made in tax refunds to low-income families undermines the social safety net and threatens to push millions of children into poverty.
AFREF’s Consumer Policy Counsel Elyse Hicks testified at the Education Department’s negotiated rulemaking.
Letters to Regulators: 100+ Organizations Urge Biden Administration to Aid Millions of Student Loan Borrowers with Overdue Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) Reforms
AFREF joined over 100 organizations in a letter urging the Department of Education to implement Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) reforms through the creation of an IDR waiver.
Letters to Congress: Letter in Support of Student Loan Rehabilitation and Credit Score Improvement Act
AFR sent a letter to Congress supporting H.R. 6466, Representative Nikema Williams’ Student Loan Rehabilitation and Credit Score Improvement Act.
Letters to Regulators: Letter in Response to Request for Comment on Accrediting Agencies up for Review In February 2023
AFREF joined a letter in response to the Department of Education’s request for comment on accrediting agencies up for review in February 2023.
Letters to the Administration: Advocates Urge President Biden to Delay Restarting Student Loan Payments Given New Omicron Variant and Ongoing System Failures
AFR and over 200 other organizations joined a letter urging President Biden to delay restarting student loan payments given the new Omicron variant and ongoing system failures.
Letters to Regulators: Memo to ED Supporting Continuity of Education From Carceral Setting to Reentry In Regulations on Pell Grants for Prison Education Programs
AFREF joined a memo to ED establishing their obligation to support education in reentry as Pell has been reinstated for incarcerated individuals and more individuals who will now begin a postsecondary education inside will not finish their degree within the correctional setting and will instead have to finish during reentry. The paper also demonstrates the types of support Prison Education Programs (PEP) could provide to help with the ‘education continuum’ from college inside to education outside.
Letters to Congress: Letter in Support of the Build Back Better Provision that Limits the Pell Grant Increase to Students Attending Public and Non-Profit Colleges
AFR joined a letter to Congress in support of the provision in Build Back Better that limits the Pell grant increase to students attending public and non-profit colleges, excluding for-profit schools.
AFREF joined a letter in response to the Education Department’s request for public comments on a rule to fully implement closure of the 90/10 loophole.