Take action to block Trump’s education budget.

 Reject Trump’s Education Budget 

We can’t stop there! Follow these action steps.

 Step 1: Send a Message 

The Trump administration’s education budge is the final nail in the coffin for current, former and future students. Since Trump appointed Betsy DeVos to lead the Education Department, the two billionaires have unleashed a destructive student loan agenda that harms working- and middle-class families. They increased fees for borrowers who are behind on their payments. They opened the door for predatory student loan companies to access lucrative federal contracts. They even threatened the acceptance letters of public servants who were promised loan forgiveness. Now, Trump wants to go even further.

✖︎ ENDS the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. There are over 550,000 borrowers who have already applied for the program. 

✖︎ ELIMINATES $3.9 billion from the Pell Grant fund that helps low-income students pay for college.

✖︎ ELIMINATES subsidized loans that allow currently enrolled students to lower interest costs.

✖︎ ELIMINATES Perkins Loans offered to students with financial needs.

✖︎ REPLACES existing income-driven repayment plans with a new program, created by Trump, that significantly increases costs for graduate students.

 Step 2: Call Congress 

“I am calling to ask my members of Congress to vote “NO” on the Trump-DeVos education budget. The cuts proposed for the department of education do nothing to help resolve the $1.4 trillion student debt crisis in this country – it makes it worse. Severe cuts to the Pell surplus, Perkins loans, and work-study financially harm disadvantaged students.

Eliminating Public Service Loan Forgiveness betrays public employees who give back to our country. Making Income-Driven Repayment programs less generous does little to help those of us paying back our loans. All this, and giving money to loan servicing companies, like Navient, who profit off the student debt crisis, shows that our best interests are not being prioritized.”

Tell Congress to REJECT Trump’s Budget.

Dial: 1-855-764-1010

 Step 3: Share Your Story 

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I was the first one in my family to go to college. I was the first (and only) one in my family to get a doctorate degree. My family could not afford to send me to college, but I knew it was where I needed to be so I took out loan after loan (including private loans) to help pay for the tuition. I went on to get my doctorate and accumulated more student loan debt. I was lucky enough in graduate school to have a loan counselor speak to me about PSLF and different repayment plans in order to make my astronomical monthly bill manageable.

When I graduated I knew the only thing I could go was go into public service and work at a not for profit company. I absolutely love my job and the people I serve, but it is tough to make ends meet on the pay. I still pay $900/month in loan payments even on the IBR plans because of private student loans. If PSLF is taken away it will not be possible for me to continue working in a place I love because I would not be able to make my student loan payments. It's frustrating to listen to politicians speak about student loan debt and eliminating programs people rely on, since they have most likely never experienced what most of us go through on a month to month or even daily basis.

Sara D    November 3, 2017   

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