A letter signed by more than 65 primary representatives on the importance of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program was distributed to all congressional office on Tuesday.
The House Education and the Workforce Committee in December approved a bill (H.R. 4508) to reauthorize the Higher Education Act which included a provision killing the program. The House GOP leadership indicated two weeks ago that they would bring that bill to the full House in late June. However, opposition has been building, and those plans are now in doubt.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is a federal program that allows borrowers working ten years full-time in the public sector to earn forgiveness on eligible loans. When it comes to attracting and retaining qualified public servants, particularly for positions that are generally low-paying, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness is proving to be an essential recruiting and retention tool.
ASPPH is a founding member of the PSLF Coalition, which is leading the advocacy campaign in support of the program.