Chairwoman Susan Davis Holds Hearing on Trump Administration's Failed Implementation of Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

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Washington, September 19, 2019 | comments

In response to high levels of student borrowers being rejected under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) held a hearing in her Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee on the Trump Administration’s failed implementation of PSLF. Davis chaired the hearing to provide to look into why the Trump Administration has failed to implement recommendations to improve the program and seek solutions to help borrowers. 

“The Executive Branch’s implementation of this law, which was supported by both Democratic and Republican administrations, have not lived to the high standard we should all except” said Chairwoman Davis. “Our goal here today is not to just cast blame, but to collectively make it easier for the public servants of this country to take advantage of a promise made to them back in 2007.”

To encourage public service, Congress created the PSLF program in 2007. Since then, there has been an increase in Americans choosing to give back to their nation through public service. This includes teachers, first responders, nurses, servicemembers, and many more. 

Unfortunately, the failure to properly implement the program has resulted in thousands of public servants being denied the benefit of loan forgiveness. In 2017, only 96 of 28,000 applicants received loan forgiveness - 99 percent rejection rate. 

Investigations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), including one requested this year by Davis and Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott, identified recommendations for improvement, including better communication among stakeholders, a standardized process, and better information for borrowers about the program.

However, the administration has failed to put these recommendations into action. 

Chairwoman Davis’s Opening Statement can found here.

Video of the subcommittee hearing can be found here.

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