Debt relief for educators: Resources and support

With the deadline for public loan forgiveness coming up in a month, we’d like to remind leaders and members of the resources and support your union is providing as Oct. 31 approaches.

1. Training for members on loan forgiveness, including the new debt relief announcement from President Joe Biden, is available.
There is one more opportunity for members to receive training on the loan forgiveness options currently available for workers in public education at the Education Minnesota MEA conference. Our Degrees Not Debt class will be offered in-person at 1:15 p.m. and virtually at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 20. Register here!

Members who cannot attend either synchronous class can view a recording of the most recent Education Minnesota training via MEA Online. The recorded webinar is titled “UPDATED Degrees Not Debt w/ Cancellation information 8.30.22” and is 90 minutes in length.

2. Virtual student debt clinics from AFT
One of our two national unions, AFT, is running virtual student debt clinics weekly for the next month for those interested in getting information on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver. We recommend these trainings for members who cannot attend our virtual or in-person trainings and want a virtual, live alternative. Members can register online here

3. Loan forgiveness fact sheet from NEA
NEA shared a great fact sheet on both the new debt relief announcement and on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver that is in place until Oct. 31. The fact sheet is linked above and is also posted on our Degrees Not Debt page.