Attorney General Tong Praises Changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program(Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong issued the following statement praising the announcement this week that the U.S. Department of Education is easing restrictions on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to provide immediate relief to thousands of public servants.
Attorney General Tong had recently called on the U.S. Department of Education to overhaul implementation of the program, noting that since the program’s inception, nearly all PSLF applications have been rejected. A bipartisan Congress created the PSLF program in 2007 to encourage student loan borrowers to enter public service jobs in return for forgiving the remaining balance of their federal student loans after ten years of on-time loan payments.
“This is huge news for teachers, nurses, first responders, servicemembers and so many other public servants who have been unfairly denied promised assistance. Thank you to Secretary Cardona for cutting through the red tape and getting immediate relief to hundreds of thousands of frontline public servants nationwide. This announcement is not a permanent fix, and I am working closely with attorneys general across the country to ensure long-term reform to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program,” said Attorney General Tong.