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99 Percent of Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Applicants Rejected

According to recent U.S. Department of Education statistics, more than 99 percent of people who have applied for available public service student loan forgiveness have been rejected. As of December 31, 2018, it was reported that 65,500 total applications for the public service student loan forgiveness program had been submitted. However, of this total, 58,000 applications had been processed with the majority of them resulting in denials. An additional 7,200 applications were marked as pending.

The program’s requirements are complicated, and not well-explained to qualifying borrowers.  Approval requires more than simply working in public service. The Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program is offered through the federal government and requires the borrower work full-time, meaning more than 30 hours per week, in an eligible federal, state or local public service job. The borrower can also work for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so long as the position is a full-time, eligible one. The borrower must make 120 eligible on-time payments to qualify.

Several different reasons were given for these denials. Seventy-three percent of these rejected applications were denied due to the applicant not meeting the “program’s requirements.” These requirements could mean either the borrower did not have student loans that were eligible for forgiveness, did not have qualifying employment, or did not make the 120 consecutive required qualifying student loan payments. Another 25 percent of these student loan forgiveness applications were denied because the applications were incomplete or had missing information on the employment certification form.

The report indicated that only 610 applications for student loan forgiveness had been approved and that 338 borrowers had received a collective amount of $21.1 million in public service student loan forgiveness. Less than 0.5 percent of the applications submitted were successful.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available.  Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. There are ways to file for bankruptcy with student loan debt.  It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade Garcia McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

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Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program Rejects 99% of Applicants

A simple promise was made to student loan borrowers by the government: Work in public service for 10 years, make your student loan payments on time for 10 years, and the Dept. of Education will forgive the remaining balance on the loan. Borrowers have complained for years that the program has not worked as advertised, and new data reveals they’re right.

The U.S. Department of Education released the latest statistics for public service loan forgiveness:

As of June 30, 2018, 28,000 student loan borrowers submitted 33,000 applications for public service student loan forgiveness program. Of that total, approximately 29,000 applications have been processed. Of that total, more than 70% of applications have been denied due to student loan borrowers ‘not meeting the program requirements.’ Another 28% of applications for public service loan forgiveness were denied due to missing or incomplete information on the employment certification form.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is a federal program that forgives federal student loans for borrowers who are employed full-time (more than 30 hours per week) in an eligible federal, state or local public service job or 501(c)(3) non-profit job who make 120 eligible on-time payments.

So, who has been approved?

Approximately 300 applications have been approved, but only 96 borrowers have collectively received $5.52 million in public service loan forgiveness.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available.  Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. There are ways to file for bankruptcy with student loan debt.  It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade Garcia McMaken has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade Garcia McMaken website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

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Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program- Here’s how you qualify

The government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program promises to cancel any remaining student debt for those who work government jobs or for non-profit organizations and have been making continuous payments for 10 years. The first borrowers to receive forgiveness will be eligible in October of this year, which is 10 years from the launch of the program.

Many teachers, public defenders, Peace Corps workers, and law enforcement officers may qualify for forgiveness. More than 400,000 people have applied for the program so far, but signing up for the program can be a confusing, (and not surprisingly) complicated process.

Here are 5 steps you can take to help ensure your eligibility:

  • Find out if your job qualifies. There are three different types of jobs eligible.
  1. Government jobs, which include federal, state, local and tribal government entities, as well as the military, Peace Corps and AmeriCorps positions.
  2. People who work for a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
  3. People who work for a non-profit that does not have 501(c)(3) status, but provides a public service.
  • Turn in the Employment Certification form annually. Ask your loan servicing company to certify that your employer qualifies on an annual basis and keep detailed records. Otherwise, you risk finding out that your job does not qualify after making years of payments.
  • Verify you have the right kind of loan. Only Direct Loans qualify for this forgiveness program.
  • Enroll in an income-driven repayment plan, each year. You must be enrolled in an income-driven repayment plan for at least a portion of your repayments.  These plans cap your monthly bill at a certain portion of your income.
  • Make 120 qualifying monthly payments. FedLoan Servicing will tell you how much you need to pay each month for the payment to count toward the 120 needed to receive debt forgiveness. If you pay any less, it will not count. And if you pay more, it will only count as one payment. Payments must be made no later than 15 days after the due date. Any payments you make while in school, during the six-month grace period after school, or while in deferment or forbearance do not count toward the 120.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.