Denied student loan forgiveness, this NYC art teacher with $88,000 in debt has joined a suit against Betsy DeVos
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Denied student loan forgiveness, this NYC art teacher with $88,000 in debt has joined a suit against Betsy DeVos

A Washington Heights art teacher has joined a suit asking for her student loans to be forgiven. Kelly Finlaw remembers clearly the devastation she felt upon opening the rejection letter. For 10 years, Finlaw had dutifully paid her student loans with the expectation that she would finally qualify for a federal debt forgiveness program for public service workers. For nearly 14 years, she has worked as an art teacher in New York City public schools, a career path that had put her about $120,000 in debt. But one day about two years ago, Finlaw opened a perfunctory letter from her loan servicer and learned that she had the wrong type of loan to qualify for a reprieve. The only way to wipe out her remaining debt was to start paying a different kind of loan — for yet another decade. Kelly Finlaw “The whole program was just a political scam,” she said. This month, Finlaw joined a lawsuit , filed by the American Federation of Teachers, that claims Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education have mismanaged the program. The union is seeking immediate loan forgiveness as well as improvements in the system. The suit says […]

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