Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Applaud government for taking the first steps to ensure student debt forgiveness for all severely disabled Americans.
Student loan debt will be forgiven for all permanently disabled people thanks to a new directive from President Obama. The move will see $7.7 billion worth of debt stricken away for more than 400,000 disabled Americans. While the severely disabled have been eligible for debt dissolution for four years, the government is now making the first move to seek out the eligible rather than waiting for them to apply.
The Department of Education is currently working with the Social Security Administration to compare student loan holders with those receiving disability benefits. Those not expected to recover from their disabilities have been sent a letter informing them of how to start the debt forgiveness process. This first round found 387,000 people, nearly half of which were behind on payments and at risk of having their tax returns or Social Security benefits garnished.
According to Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, “Too many eligible borrowers were falling through the cracks, unaware they were eligible for relief.” With this new directive, Obama hopes to “make it easier, not harder, for them to receive the benefits they are due.”
This new directive will help hundreds of thousands of Americans struggling with debt repayment. It will ensure that those who are unable to work because of a disability are protected from possibly never-ending cycles of poverty. Sign the petition below to praise the government for taking initiative to forgive the student loan debt of almost 400,000 severely disabled Americans.
Dear President Obama,
The federal government has recently begun taking steps to ensure that student loan debt is forgiven for all disabled Americans who are unable to work. Though these citizens have eligible for debt dissolution for a while now, many are unaware of their eligibility. In partnership with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Education has sent information on how to begin the debt forgiveness process to almost 400,000 Americans.
This directive will ensure that severely disabled citizens who are unable to work are not subjected to a lifetime of poverty and government garnishment of tax returns and Social Security benefits. Because of this plan, hundreds of thousands of disabled people will enjoy an improved quality of life. We, the undersigned, applaud you for taking the initiative to ensure that student debts are forgiven for severely disabled people.
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