One of the largest educators unions in the United States, The American Federation of Teachers on Thursday filed a federal court case against the Department of Education, demanding it fixes a loan amnesty program it says is ambiguous.
Complainants say in 10 years under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program they believed their students’ loans would be forgiven with payments done on timely basis and public service; but later were told they were in the incorrect program.
The figures of the department say only 1% of those who applied and supposed they’d made the mandatory payments were accepted.
Randi Weingarten, Union President says Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary has ignored complaints.
In a statement, Weingarten said, ’12 years ago, Congress made a bipartisan promise for helping millions of workers pay off their student loan debt as gratitude for their devoted public service’. ‘Instead to help the Americans owed debt relief DeVos has hurt as well as pauperized them.’
The federation demands in the suit that the department fix the program so that applicants qualify the method Congress promised. The complaint also requests a much-required appeals process.
The suit states, ‘The 5th Amendment provides that no person shall be deprived of life, property, or liberty, without the due procedure of law’. ‘Due process needs that, at smallest, individuals get notice as well as a chance to be heard prior to they are deprived of property.’ Moreover, on the proceeding, the department has not yet commented.