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Are you a public employee with student debt? Loan cancellation may be available!

January 24, 2022

In October of 2021, the Department of Education announced a major change to Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), providing a temporary overhaul to a program that has long been insufficient for public-service workers struggling with student debt.

The PSLF program is supposed to guarantee complete student debt forgiveness to those who dedicate a decade or more to working in public service, however for many of us, this process has not been easy.

Learn more about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Temporary Waiver here!

This change is significant. Under this new, temporary waiver period ending on October 31, 2022, public employees can retroactively receive credit for past years of service. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives and student loan repayments are scheduled to resume in May 2022 after a two-year pause, this change to the program provides a path to relief and is a huge victory for working people in the public sector.

The temporary waiver of PSLF requirements is not automatic and is only for a limited time! SEIU members in public service with federal student loans need to take a few crucial steps by October 31, 2022. Have questions about whether you qualify or how to take advantage of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness temporary waiver? See our informational sheet here!