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Got student loan debt? AFT may need your input

Student loan debt in the United States has exceeded $1.5 trillion and public employees and their families are struggling to make ends meet while trying to dig out from under this massive financial burden.

Student debt has become an “opportunity issue, a funding issue, a living wage issue and a quality of life issue,” according to an American Federation of Teachers (AFT) statement.

Which is why AFT is taking on the student debt crisis as a union issue. And they are calling on PEF members to help.

Recently, 11 AFT members filed a proposed class-action lawsuit on behalf of all employees who work in public service against student loan servicer Navient. The allegation? Purposely and systematically giving these workers inaccurate information about eligibility for income-driven repayment plans and the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

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AFT reports, as of December 2018, 53,749 unique borrowers had submitted 65,500 applications for public service loan forgiveness — of which, only 610 had been approved by the Department of Education.

If you have been denied public service loan forgiveness, and meet the following criteria, AFT wants to hear from you:

  • Made 120 payments on federal student loans
  • Worked in a public or private school, for the government, or for a nonprofit organization for at least 10 years; and
  • Applied for and were denied public service loan forgiveness.

Click here for the survey. AFT or its lawyers may reach out to you to learn more about your experience. Information will be kept confidential. — Katherine Mostaccio

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