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CFPB Hosts Student Loan Forgiveness Event
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the CFPB held an event in Raleigh, N.C. outlining its work with student loan debt, specifically public student loan forgiveness programs. The CFPB released a report spotlighting complaints from borrowers about student loan servicers mishandling public student loan forgiveness programs. The report indicated servicers delayed or denied access to loan forgiveness through wrong information about their loans, flawed payment processing, and bungled job certifications. The CFPB also issued updated guidelines to prioritize oversight of servicers’ administration of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. The agency also introduced the “Certify Your Service” campaign to help public servants stay on track for federal loan forgiveness.
“Borrowers have told us about student loan industry practices that delay or deny access to expected help such as the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “We want those in public service jobs who give back to our communities to be able to stay on track, and not worry about unnecessary debt due to servicer errors.”