The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

Time Is Running Out: Help Your Employees Navigate the Special PSLF Waiver

On Oct. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced a change to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program rules for a limited time as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. Millions of non-profit and government employees have federal student loans and may now be eligible for loan forgiveness or additional credit through the limited PSLF waiver. But they need to act fast. The special waiver expires October 31, 2022.

Here are several resources for HR professionals who want to get the word out to employees before the opportunity passes.

Learn More and Get Tips for Educating Employees

In June, CUPA-HR hosted the webinar, Helping Employees Understand and Navigate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, where Department of Education representative Ashley Harrington shared details about the program and how HR can help guide employees through the necessary processes to achieve loan forgiveness. The recorded webinar is available for viewing any time.

Explore the Department of Education’s Employer Toolkit

The Department of Education’s PSLF waiver toolkit is a comprehensive resource that features a PSLF fact sheet, sample social media posts and email templates HR can use to spread the word to campus employees.

Direct Employees to the Borrower Site

For a clear explanation of the program and a simple step-by-step process to determine who is eligible for the program, direct employees to the Federal Student Aid website.