U.S. to stream­line stu­dent debt for­give­ness for dis­abled vets

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced plans Mon­day to make it eas­ier for per­ma­nently dis­abled mil­i­tary vet­er­ans to have their fed­eral stu­dent debt wiped away.

Any­one with a se­vere dis­abil­ity is el­i­gi­ble by law to have the gov­ern­ment dis­charge their fed­eral stu­dent loans, but the ben­e­fit has not been widely pub­li­cized. Work­ing with the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, the U.S. Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion will be­gin iden­ti­fy­ing el­i­gi­ble vet­er­ans who will re­ceive an ap­pli­ca­tion for loan for­give­ness.

The pro­gram builds on an ef­fort started in 2016 to help dis­charge the debts of se­verely dis­abled Amer­i­cans.

That process, how­ever, failed to cap­ture per­ma­nently dis­abled vet­er­ans who re­ceive ben­e­fits through Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, rather than the So­cial Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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