Some borrowers struggling with the burden of repaying their student loans will receive additional help.

The U.S. Department of Education said Wednesday it has identified 100,000 borrowers eligible for student debt forgiveness under a new change the agency made to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). ).

Debt cancellations for these borrowers represent approximately $6.2 billion in student loan relief. According to the Ministry of Education, some of the 100,000 borrowers identified have already received debt relief, while others have not yet obtained it. Borrowers who did not receive debt relief have already been identified by the agency.

“Our country’s public service workers must be able to rely on the promise of public service loan forgiveness. The Biden-Harris administration is delivering on that promise by helping more and more eligible borrowers get the cancellation of their loan balance,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. said in a statement. “Today’s PSLF announcement means that more of our teachers, nurses, first responders, service members and many other dedicated public service workers will benefit from significant relief.”

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The PSLF program was launched in 2007 to reward students entering the public service, including many teachers, nurses, social workers and military personnel. As long as they made 10 years of payments on their federal student loans, the program promised to wipe out the rest.

Since the programme’s inception, only 5,500 borrowers have received assistance to have their loans forgiven. After making a decade of payments, many borrowers found they didn’t have the right type of federal loan or repayment plan to qualify for the program.

Students wearing academic badges attend their graduation ceremony at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), on June 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

In October 2021, the Ministry of Education made changes to the PSLF student program which was created for borrowers working in the civil service – but it has been criticized by some for its complex requirements. The new temporary changes have brought about half a million borrowers closer to the state without debt.

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Under last year’s changes, borrowers could have their loans forgiven. The agency announced a “review” of the program, saying it will remove some of the stricter requirements and could lead to debt relief for thousands of teachers, social workers, military personnel and other public servants.

The change immediately made 22,000 borrowers eligible to get loans forgiven, and another 27,000 eligible if they could have previous payments certified, according to the department.

More than 90% of applicants were rejected, finding themselves stuck with a debt they thought was finally cleared, according to the Associated Press.

Borrowers who have worked 10 years in eligible employment are eligible for loan relief regardless of the type of federal loan or repayment plan they have through October 31, 2022. Previous loan payments that do not were previously ineligible were counted, bringing some borrowers closer to the end of the line, the ministry said.

The Department of Education also allowed military members to count active duty time toward 10 years, even though they put a pause on their payments during that time.

Additionally, the agency’s department noted that service members “frequently find that those same deferments or abstentions granted while serving our country did not count” for the student loan forgiveness program.

Kelly Hayes and FOX 5 Atlanta contributed to this story. This story was reported from Washington, DC

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