Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Chronicle of Higher Ed: "Education Department Backs Away From Fix to Help Disabled Student Borrowers"
In late February, ProPublica, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Center for Public Integrity revealed that disabled borrowers face a labyrinthine bureaucracy that makes it essentially impossible to discharge their student loans. After this publication, the department promised to clean things up and help disabled and terminally ill borrowers.
Well, guess what? According to a recent article by Sasha Chavkin in the CHE, it turns out they are backing away from this plan. Chavkin writes, "now nearly six months later, the department says it can't and won't do that."
Makes one wonder what the interest groups are doing behind the scenes. Is the department receiving pressure from the lenders and their lobbying firms, and is that why they are backing off?
It seems senseless and downright cruel that they are unwilling to change this unjust system, especially for the most vulnerable and sick.
Business as usual under an absolutely tyrannical system, I guess.
"Illness or injury can cause ‘ruinous’ consequences for those with student loan debt," USA Today (June 21, 2011)
"Education Department Bureaucracy Keeps Disabled Borrowers in Debt," ProPublica (Feb. 13, 2011)