Sarbanes Calls on Trump Education Department and Secretary DeVos to Fix PSLF Management Errors and Fulfill Promises to America’s Public Servants

During a House Education and Labor Committee hearing today about the Trump Administration’s failure to administer the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) submitted a statement for the record, calling on the Trump Education Department and Secretary Devos to fix management errors and deliver student loan debt relief to America’s teachers, military members, community health care workers, public defenders, social workers and other public servants who rely on the PSLF program.

“I am proud to have authored the legislation that created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to encourage individuals to pursue careers in public service that often offer lower pay and fewer benefits than private-sector careers,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “However, I’m disturbed that in the implementation of the program, the Department of Education and loan servicers have created unnecessary, cumbersome and often illusive steps for student loan borrowers seeking forgiveness they have earned – breaking their promise to the public servants who have dedicated years to our great nation.”

Sarbanes continued: “Trump’s Education Department is asleep on the job, and Americans across the country are bearing the cost. How many times will the agency be told that it must increase oversight of loan servicers before it decides to put the interests of the American people over companies? It seems the Trump Administration and the DeVos Education Department are more interested in protecting loan servicers than working in the interest of student borrowers.

Sarbanes concluded: “It is incumbent on the Department to implement the recommendations outlined in the IG and GAO investigations quickly. Every day the Department delays action means another borrower is forced to pay for the failures of the servicers and the Department.”