December 11, 2017
Chancellor Strongly Opposes Bill to Eliminate Student Loan Forgiveness Program
In light of a bill from House Republicans to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, which proposes to eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, Chancellor Deborah R. Gross issued the following statement:
“Our legal community cannot stand by and be silent as the future of our profession is threatened. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program has been available to anyone who has a federal loan, is employed by a qualifying public service or non-profit entity, and has made 10 years of payments. If this bill is passed and the Program eliminated, it would directly jeopardize the pipeline and change the future of the legal profession. The elimination of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, would no longer wipe away federal student debt for lawyers working full-time in public service after they have made 10 years’ worth of payments.
“If passed, the bill would have a significant impact on law students’ decisions to pursue a career in public service and will discourage those who have significant student loan debt from working as government lawyers, district attorneys, public defenders, and non-profit lawyers. Additionally, it would have a negative impact on the diversity of our profession.
“We urge members of the House of Representatives to reject this proposed legislation, that would diminish the legal profession and have an adverse effect on access to justice.”