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Trump administration is sitting on tens of thousands of student debt forgiveness claims

Trump administration is sitting on tens of thousands of student debt forgiveness claims

A letter released Wednesday by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) reveals that the Trump administration has done little to help defrauded student loan borrowers since taking office.

Not a single application for debt relief under a federal statute known as borrower defense to repayment has been approved in the past six months, leaving more than 65,000 people in limbo. Although the vast majority of those borrowers submitted claims during the Obama administration, the Education Department has received nearly 15,000 new applications this year.

The glacial pace of approvals was detailed in a letter sent to Durbin this month by acting undersecretary James Manning in response to an...

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