NYSUT works hard to raise awareness and help members navigate the changes in the PSLF.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness erases federal student loan debt from educators and other public service workers after 10 years of service and 120 qualifying monthly payments.
To qualify, you must have federal student loans and be employed full-time (30 hours or more per week) by a public service employer, which includes all public school districts, institutions of higher learning, and agencies. non-profit.
Apply by Oct. 31 at studentaid.gov/pslf take advantage of the temporary exemption.
If you have not worked 10 years in the public service, it is recommended that you apply now to ensure that any payments that did not count before the limited waiver are counted towards your 120 qualifying payments.
In August, President Biden unveiled a new $10,000 loan forgiveness program for Americans earning up to $125,000 a year, plus an additional $10,000 for students who received Pell grants. Cambridge experts suggest members pursue both the PSLF and the newer forgiveness programs. Learn more here.
To help the many NYSUT members struggling to get out of crippling debt, the statewide union offers free student debt workshops and services in partnership with Cambridge Credit Counseling. Since the pandemic, NYSUT has moved workshops online, helping thousands of people with informational webinars and personalized follow-up.
For info, go to studentloans.nysut.org.
NYSUT’s two national affiliates are also helping. AFT offers student debt clinics, as well as Summer, an online student loan management platform, aft.org.benefits.summer. The National Education Association provides links to webinars, FAQs, and the Student Debt Navigator, nea.org/studentdebt.
Affiliates also raise awareness. United University Professions offers virtual clinics every payroll Wednesday, upinfo.org.