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Rep. Cuellar Helps Secure $1.7 Billion for Low-Income and Hispanic Students

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) helped include over $1.7 billion in the final spending bill to expand student loan and education programs for low-income students and Hispanic student populations, a $200 million increase from FY19. Congressman Cuellar also secured language that will improve the Temporary Expanded Public Services Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) program by directing the Department of Education to implement the Government Accountability Office’s recommendations, such as providing more information on how student borrows can submit a better application. “Higher education is one of the best investments that you can make in your and your country’s future. However, higher education has never been more expensive” said Congressman Cuellar. “For this reason, I fought for additional funding for vital financial aid programs for low-income and disadvantaged students so everybody has a chance to go to college and pursue their dreams. In addition, I worked hard to secure language in the final spending bill that will help make the loan forgiveness program a more fair and reliable process for the millions of Americans who have chosen careers in public service. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to support initiatives that give students the resources to pay for college and help them land a good-paying job.” “I would like to thank Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey and Ranking Member Kay Granger, as well as Subcommittee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro and Ranking Member Tom Cole, for helping me secure these funds.” Improving Temporary Expanded Public Services Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) program In 2018, Congress included a measure in the final spending bill for a limited expansion of $350 million of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), a program that cancels federal student debt after tears for people who take jobs in in public service. However, from May 2018 to May 2019, ninety-nine percent of loan-forgiveness requests under the new Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) were rejected during the program's first year. According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Department of Education processed roughly 54,000 requests and approved just 661. To help student borrowers obtain the financial assistance they earned, Congressman Cuellar secured language directing the Department of Education to review the TEPSLF program. The newly added language will simplify the TEPSLF application process so borrowers can apply for TEPSLF at the same time they apply for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Most importantly, the language directs the Department to provide more information as ...

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