President Trump wants to end a popular student loan forgiveness program.
Here’s what you need to know.
End Student Loan Forgiveness
Trump’s new annual budget calls for several changes to student loans, which are part of a $5.6 billion cut in funding to the U.S. Education Department. As in previous years, Trump repeated his call to end public service loan forgiveness. Under Trump's proposed budget, if passed by Congress, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program would be eliminated.
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is a federal program created in 2007 by President George W. Bush that forgives federal student loans for borrowers who are employed full-time (more than 30 hours per week) in an eligible federal, state or local public service job or 501(c)(3) nonprofit job who make 120 eligible on-time payments over ten years.
Why Cancel Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness?
The president and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have stated that they want to balance the needs of both student loan borrowers and federal taxpayers. Eliminating this program, they argue, would save the federal government money from not having to forgive potentially billions of dollars of federal student loans. Others believe that the program is vital to attract and retain individuals to enter public service and non-profit jobs, many of which pay lower salaries than private sector roles. Supporters of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program believe that ending it could deter student loan borrowers from entering public service jobs, and could adversely impact public servants, including members of the U.S. Armed Forces, police officers, firefighters, first responders, prosecutors, public defenders and others. Importantly, the proposal would impact future borrowers, not existing borrowers who already work in public service and are currently paying off student loans.