1 million Californians are eligible for student debt relief

Nearly one million Californians who work in government are eligible for student loan forgiveness, but only 10,000 have received it.

Now they have until October 31 to apply for federal debt relief.

In an announcement that included remarks from Governor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta, student loan advocacy groups launched a campaign to enroll eligible Californians.

“We’re counting on you, employers, to be trusted messengers so we can reach as many borrowers as possible,” said Natalia Abrams of the Student Debt Crisis Center.

Bonta described how the federal student loan relief program, launched in 2007, was targeted by the Trump administration, which refused to honor most requests for debt relief. Bonta said California sued the US Department of Education, under then-Secretary Betsy DeVos, in court.

Although the Biden administration has been friendlier to applicants for student loan relief, it has implemented an Oct. 31 deadline to qualify for past credits.

“Here’s the catch: you have to act, and you have to act now,” Bonta said.

To apply for a civil service loan forgiveness, people are encouraged to visit studentaid.gov no later than October 31.

This story was originally published August 8, 2022 11:52 a.m.

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Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for the Sacramento Bee. He covered crime and politics from the interior of Alaska to the oil patch of North Dakota to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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