NEA is working to ensure education is affordable and accessible to all
Higher education must be affordable and accessible to all. Yet, for too many, pursuing our college and career dreams means years, even decades of paying off student debt. This is especially true for educators. This system is working for the student loan providers and banks, but not for us.
NEA is fighting to cancel student debt, and to expand and protect programs that can help. At the same time, we're also making sure those programs actually work.
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Young or old, Black or white, educators of all ages and races are burdened with student loan debt. WITH THIS CRISIS, HOWEVER, COMES THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A BETTER, MORE JUST SYSTEM.
We recently had a major victory: Because of the educators and allies who took action, the White House has announced a new student-debt cancelation plan, which could forgive up to $20,000 in federal student debt for borrowers. This victory comes on top of the temporary Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver, which has delivered $10 billion in loan forgiveness for public-service workers over the past nine months.
This is the beginning of change, not the end. Implementing these reforms will take time, and we are committed to working with the Department of Education to make them work. We are also steadfastly determined to make sure every educator receives the student debt relief they were promised.
10 years of public service equals no student debt. Congress made that promise to educators in 2007. And we will not stop until that promise is kept to everyone.