Skip to comments.Relief From Student Loan Debt for Public Service Workers
Posted on 09/11/2013 12:38:49 PM PDT by reaganaut1
Raha Wala, a 30-year-old lawyer for an international human rights organization, is facing $200,000 in student loan debt. But if all goes according to plan, most of that burden will be forgiven after 2020 under a federal program aimed at helping those who enter public service jobs.
Its enabling me to do the work that I love, said Mr. Wala, who graduated in 2010. It wouldnt be possible, otherwise.
The federal government is trying to encourage more participation in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which was created in 2007. The program and other debt assistance options have been underused because of complex rules and sometimes conflicting benefits.
Last month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created a tool kit for employers like nonprofits, school systems and police and fire departments to help make their workers aware that they may be eligible. The public service program allows those with high student loan balances relative to their income to have the balance of their loans canceled if they work in government or nonprofit jobs for 10 years.
Mr. Wala hasnt calculated exactly how much the forgiveness program will save him, but he expects it could be many thousands of dollars. I definitely am looking at it as something that will have to happen, if I want to maintain a stable lifestyle, he said.
The program works best with income-driven student loan repayment programs options that let you make lower loan payments based on your pay. (Thats because if you stayed on the standard 10-year loan repayment plan and made all your payments on time, you wouldnt have any loan balance to forgive.)
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In other words: bill the taxpayer.
It’s just another ploy for people to WANT TO WORK FOR GOVERNMENT! All this does is destroy the private sector.
Afterall, why not? I'm paying your salary, your pension & your non-obmacare health insurance.
Google him ... the lefty wants a free ride.
Amazing. It seems like a majority of stable jobs that pay well and provide benefits are in the public sector. To that they want to add student loan forgiveness?
Government workers (an obvious oxymoron) who have student loans outstanding should be docked 10% of their salary until it’s paid back.........
Of the 16.7 trillion dollar debt, almost 1 trillion is in student loans.
Student loans should not come from government
and indentured servitude went out of favor centuries ago
Oh, yes! Because government and public sector workers don’t already make enough in combined salary, benefits and pension packages with their guaranteed job security.
Its enabling me to do the work that I love, said Mr. Wala, who graduated in 2010.
. . . of course the taxpayers must subsidize the work that Mr. Wala loves!
I talked to a guy this morning in this program. He’s a psychologist working with (deeply disturbed) poor kids. His $50,000 debt will be forgiven if he works in this program 10 years. But his job is with a private contractor who works for the state. But apparently his low pay (due to this benefit) makes it public service. Color me confused how somebody working on the cheap for a private contractor is performing public service.
he’s got to keep those voters...
She got that worthless degree - good only for govt jobs.
And I have to pay for it?
Not to worry, though. When CW-II starts, those disrespected the most will be the first to go.
Which means that civil servants will go right after our congresscritters.
Words fail me.
Well, isn't that special.
There is the ruling class and there is the peasants. You are a peasant. The ruling class takes care of their own. Now, shut up and pay your taxes. Any more questions?
Not necessarily. I don't think there's any private sector market for an ethnic grievance studies degree.
Not an Obama bureaucrat. The article says the program began in 2007.
If he is willing to work for low pay for 10 years to avoid a $50k bill when he is a practicing and licensed psychologist, then he seems incapable of making it in the private sector.
The KEY phrase is "producing something", which government workers do not do....they live off taxpayers, and their mission is to keep living off taxpayers, finding NEW and INCREASED taxes they can implement.
Student Loans, in ALL forms, belong to the benefitted person who used the money for THEMSELVES, and Taxpayers are gonna pay the debts (soon, there will be Amnesty on Student Loans, mark my words).
Socialism/Communism has the goal of having EVERYONE working "for the Common Good", which means the Elite of the Party will decide who gets what, and who pays to make sure we all "share".
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Freaking marxist bastards!
Public service jobs tend to pay less. I took a 25% pay cut to work for the government. The benefits just made it better.
2007? That explains much. Congress (both houses) was taken over by who starting in January 2007? This was likely a trailer bill attached to a larger piece of legislation in 2007.
Why is paying American citizens' tax money to foreign organizations beneficial?
And signed into law by President Bush.
As an attachment to other legislation, I’m sure. The question is whether Bush new about that bill, or did it slip under the radar. I’m betting the latter.
This will give community service orgs like Acorn the ability to get a steady stream of graduated students to work for them in order to offset their educational costs.
How about this; you get a dollar off your debt for every five dollars you pay in taxes.
I am currently paying 2.35% on my student loan. What does the government monopoly offer?
I can just see these institutions of higher education building out coop arrangements to recruit students and put them straight into the non-productive work force.
Furthermore, obama has long supported the idea that public "service", ie the bureacracy, is nobler than the greedy private, that would be the productive, sector.
In the example cited we have a lawyer w/ $200K worth of student debt that I'm now on the hook for. Once we erase his debt he'll drop the namby-pamby non-profit he's working for and start after the real money--class-actions against the companies we work for.
It's all too beautiful.
It’s called”Getting Out The Vote”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think the plan was to raise the cost of so-called higher education to a level that hardly anyone could afford, nationalize student loan programs and then set up a system whereby graduates who go into the government or non-profits never pay more than 10% of their salary to repay their loans and have the rest forgiven after 10 years. That way the cost of education is irrelevant and students are pushed into taxpayer-funded jobs.
Yes, when the democrats took over, they built this into the appropriations.
Isn’t that treating people in a unequal manner?
Not unequal. More equal. Some people are more equal than others, but nobody is unequal. If you don’t understand that, perhaps you need some reeducation.
Someone tried to reedjumicate me once, I think he’s still broken.
What percent of Detroit is collecting disability? It’s being used as the new welfare - those folks don’t have to pay back their student loans either.
Only productive citizens are punished.
This is BS. Son got a student loan, attended the tech school, they have NO record of him, no grades, yet he has to pay back a loan on a school that has no records of him attending? And Yes he did attend. ITT is a crock of you know what, they teach to the lowest level of their students.
Interesting proposal, but it’s not clear to me why anyone who makes a contract to pay back a loan should get 20% off if he/she is paying taxes, presumably because they have a job.
I obtained two MAs and taught at the University of Houston
after retirement from self-employment.
My observation on the educational system is that there are simply too many students that are encouraged to go into debt for majors that have no value in the regular job market and there are too few jobs in academia to support them and pay off the loans.
It isn’t good policy to encourage debt by any tax policy that rewards bad outcomes.