If you are graduating from college soon and worried that your career options are limited due to your staggering student loan burden, you may find some relief.
Partnering with American University’s Washington College of Law, Equal Justice Works has launched its first podcast show on the topic of student debt relief. Equal Justice Works is the organization for public interest law and law schools, and has been a long-time co-sponsor of Idealist’s Graduate Degree Fairs for the Public Good.
One of the biggest hurdles for any person entering a public service career is student loan debt – and law school grads may face the worst of it. In 2007, Congress passed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) which forgives certain federal student loans for people in qualified public service – after they’ve made 120 (about ten years’ of) loan payments.
But understanding the law, and how it applies to you, is challenging. Equal Justice Works already offers information on its website and blog to help people wade through the morass of complicated fine print. The podcast—The Student Debt Relief Series, available on iTunes—gives you the nuances of the Act in plain English. EJW’s Heather Jarvis, a public interest lawyer herself, knows the law inside and out. She offers answers to some frequently asked (and frequently overlooked) questions about using the Act for people coming out of school in the past couple of years.
Although EJW focuses on law school issues in general, the first podcast episode is clearly accessible to any person pursuing a public service career. Its creators hope to feature a new show monthly on topics like loan repayment assistance programs (including statewide and law school programs, etc.) and the tax implications of the CCRAA.
After the New Year, we’re excited to announce that the EJW blog—led by Aaron Pickering—will join the Idealist Grad School Blog Project.
This blog post was originally published on the Idealist.org homepage blog.
Thanks for sharing this info!
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Thanks! Really Useful Info!
Peter O’Lalor and I wrote a bill recently that deals with student loan debt. You can request a copy of the bill by going to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are asking that everyone see the bill, share it with others, and approach legislators with the request to sponsor it, approach media and ask them to let others know about it. This bill is so comprehensive and provides relief that no other bill is doing that is now before the legislature. I am a public defender on furlough – 18 years with this debt – increased by $60,000 to $160,000 in just past two years – am struggling. Paula McKibbin, Esq.