Public interest lawyers sue feds over loan forgiveness program

A group of lawyers working in fields like immigration rights and veterans advocacy is suing the Department of Education, accusing the feds of wrongly denying them access to a loan forgiveness program intended to incentivize student loan borrowers to take often low-paying jobs in public service.

The suit, which the four attorneys filed along with the American Bar Association, a national lawyer trade group, claims that the Department initially indicated that they would qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) — a program that allows federal student borrowers who work in the government and nonprofits to have their loans forgiven after 10 years of payments — and then later reversed its decision, claiming the borrowers didn’t qualify.

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