The Department of Education Just Did Something Major for Americans with Disabilities

By: AFL-CIO, Social Security Works & Student Debt Crisis The Department of Education Just Did Something Major for Americans with Disabilities Starting today, more than 387,000 people are about to find out that they qualify for complete forgiveness of their existing federal student loan debt. “Americans with disabilities have a right to student loan relief. And we need to make it easier, not harder, for them to receive the benefits they are due.” ~ U.S. Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell Since 2012, people certified by the Social Security Administration as “Totally and Permanently Disabled” can use that finding to qualify for discharge of their federal student loans. Even though these 387,000 people qualified for discharge of their student loans, they continue to struggle with their federal student loans—often because they just don’t know they are could have their debt discharged. “We are encouraged to see the Department of Education take action to notify student loan borrowers who qualify for Total and Permanent Disability. Today’s actions have the ability to discharge over 7 billion dollars of student loan debt and improve the lives of more than 387,000 people. Student Debt Crisis is both encouraged by these steps and empowered to demand more comprehensive reform. It is our hope that the education department will continue to work with agencies such as the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service to notify student loan borrowers about all available government loan programs which will prevent further defaults.” ~ Natalia Abrams, Executive Director, Student Debt Crisis As part of the implementation of President Obama’s Student Aid Bill of Rights, the Department compared Social...