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Biden Promises Fix to Public Service Loan Forgiveness

May 29, 2019

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, promised in an education plan released Tuesday to "see to it" that the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is "fixed, simplified and actually helps teachers."

Biden also promised to "partner with colleges" to build up the pipeline of psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers and other support professionals employed in public schools. And he said he would boost the number of teachers of color enrolled in teacher training programs.

The plan also calls for reinstating Obama-era guidance on affirmative action in higher education.

Multiple candidates for the Democratic nomination have called for streamlining the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, including former San Antonio mayor Julián Castro in a plan released earlier this month. Last year, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, another candidate for the Democratic nomination, secured $700 million in funding for borrowers who encountered eligibility issues qualifying for the program, which only 1 percent of borrowers have successfully qualified for so far.

Pete Buttigieg Mayor of South Bend, Ind. • Democrat

Amy Klobuchar U.S. Senator, Minn. • Democrat

Michael Bloomberg Former mayor of New York City • Democrat

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Andrew Kreighbaum

Andrew Kreighbaum joins Inside Higher Ed as our federal policy reporter. Andrew comes to us from The Investigative Reporting Workshop. He received his master's in data journalism at the University of Missouri, and has interned at USA Today and a national journalism institute in Columbia, MO. Before getting his master's, Andrew spent three years covering government and education at local papers in El Paso, McAllen and Laredo, Texas. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in history and was news editor at The Daily Texan.

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