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The Department of Education (ED) in a Dear Colleague Letter released Wednesday announced updates to the “fresh start” initiative, which would enable defaulted borrowers to reenter repayment in good standing — but many outstanding questions continue to percolate concerning both the program’s framework and timing related to its implementation.
The Biden administration has launched a new website to highlight the benefits of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program’s temporary waiver, and is reminding borrowers that the window to participate is winding down. The page provides borrowers with testimonials and scenarios in which individuals would qualify for the program’s expansion. As a reminder, the temporary waiver is set to expire at the end of October and it is unclear whether an extension will be forthcoming. Stay tuned to Today’s News for the most up-to-date information on the temporary waiver.
NASFAA's Rapid Response Network (RRN) provides timely feedback on student aid issues to NASFAA staff, which is then used in NASFAA's policy and advocacy work with Congress and the Department of Education. Communication is done through a listserv, and RRN members are asked to provide feedback relevant to their own institution or experiences. If interested, please use this form to apply to volunteer no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 19, 2022. Please note, members who are already on the RRN listserv from previous years will remain on the RRN listserv unless they ask to be removed.
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