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Disabled borrowers whose incomes were needlessly garnished to repay student loans will get $23,000 back

Since 2007 Linda Carrasquillo has been unable to work due to an injury she suffered at her job cleaning buses.

And yet, every month for seven years, the government took great pains to collect on a $4,000 loan she took out to pay for her daughter’s schooling — by withholding part of the money she received through her Social Security disability benefits.

Depending on the year, the amount the government took each month to repay the old student loan ranged from $35 to $103. That was money she could have used. During the period the government collected on her debt, Carrasquillo’s health suffered.

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