Education Department Releases Proposed Regulations to Expand and Improve Targeted Relief Programs
U.S. Department of Education
July 6, 2022
Proposed regulations limit student loan interest capitalization, and improve borrower defense, Public Service Loan Forgiveness and other debt relief programs
Today, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) released proposed regulations that would expand and improve the major student loan discharge programs authorized by the Higher Education Act. The regulations propose to alleviate student loan debt burdens for borrowers whose schools closed or lied to them, who are totally and permanently disabled, and for public service workers who have met their commitments under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The regulations also propose stopping many instances of interest capitalization, which occur when unpaid interest is added to a borrower’s principal balance, increasing the total amount they owe. Finally, the regulations propose to give borrowers their day in court if they have disputes with their colleges. Today’s proposals build upon the work the Biden-Harris Administration has already done to improve the student loan program, make college more affordable, and deliver tens of billions of dollars in relief to over one million student loan borrowers across the country.