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student debt relief

A World Without Student Debt Creating a Future Without Limits

By achieving the broad cancellation of federal student loans and improving forgiveness programs, we can make sure everybody who wants to learn and grow can do so—without exceptions.

From pre-K to Ph.D., our right to learn, grow, and thrive should be based on how big we dream and how hard we work. However, for too long, the student debt system has been designed to profit off the backs of students and educators.

Generations of barriers also have denied Black, brown, and Indigenous communities a fair shot at resources that would make the college dream a reality. We can make sure students don’t have to choose between basic living expenses or their education, and that families who do attend college are not forever weighed down by a lifetime of crushing student debt.

From national advocacy to individual support, NEA is working to ensure that education is affordable and accessible to all.

Battling Student Debt as an Educator | School Me

James Stewart, a high school science teacher in Maryland with more than two decades of teaching experience, joined our SchoolMe podcast to discuss his student debt journey and hopes for change in the way Americans pay for higher education.

Create Your Own Future Without Student Debt

NEA has partnered with Savi, a student loan start up, to offer an online student debt navigator tool, free for one year for NEA members.

Sign up to receive personalized advice from student debt experts and gain access to Savi’s e-filing function, which helps eliminate the common mistakes that bar many applicants from receiving forgiveness. 

Access The NEA Student Debt Navigator

No segment of educators is immune from the burden of student loan debt—not young educators, not older and more experienced educators, and certainly not educators of color.

With this crisis, however, comes the opportunity for transformation.

We've already made progress. Thousands of educators from across the country have took action to demand that the U.S. Department of Education fix the broken Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. We have been heard: The US Department of Education has announced they are overhauling the PSLF program. 

Hundreds of thousands of public service workers will now get the student debt relief they deserve. But we won't stop until EVERYONE is able to learn and grow without a lifelong burden of student debt.

Take Action

Urge Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to take immediate action to cancel both the student loan debt of public service workers with at least 10 years of service and $50,000 in student debt for all other federal loans. Send Secretary Cardona a letter today.

Imagine it. A world where every student, educator, parent, and friend could dream without limits. Where a higher education only meant greater possibilities. 

Together, we will create this world. 

National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.