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  • Let’s Spread the Word About Student Loan Forgiveness

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    Council Member Helen Rosenthal, the author (photo: John McCarten/City Council)

    A few years ago, a staff member in my office who owed over $40,000 in student loans came to the realization that she might qualify for eventual loan forgiveness because she worked in local government. Neither her employer, the City Council, or her lender had informed her that working in public service made her eligible for debt relief.

    My staff person is just one of the estimated 1 million New Yorkers who owe student loans. Student loan debt in the United States has reached