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Could The Benefits Of The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Be Retroactively Curtailed?, Gregory S. Crespi Jan 2019

Could The Benefits Of The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Be Retroactively Curtailed?, Gregory S. Crespi

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There is a sharp tension between the expectations that hundreds of thousands to millions of persons have or will have regarding their right to have their federal student loan debts forgiven under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (“PSLF”) program and the legitimate public concerns regarding the large costs and regressive incidence of the PSLF program’s benefits. In 2017, the Trump Administration proposed abolishing the PSLF program for future federal Direct Loans, but this proposal was not adopted. A similar proposal was made in 2019 as part of the Administration’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal, with little chance of adoption ...


Why Are 99% Of The Applications For Debt Discharge Under The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Being Denied, And Will This Change?, Gregory S. Crespi Jan 2019

Why Are 99% Of The Applications For Debt Discharge Under The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Being Denied, And Will This Change?, Gregory S. Crespi

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During the first 18 months after October 1, 2017 that student loan borrowers were able to apply for tax-free debt forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program a striking 99% of the 76,002 applications that have been fully processed have been denied. The more recently adopted Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness program also has a 97% to 99% application denial rate, depending on how it is calculated. This short article discusses the various factors that may be contributing to such a bizarrely high denial rate, and why the number of applications filed and the proportion of applications ...


The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: The Need For Better Employment Eligibility Regulations, Gregory S. Crespi Jan 2017

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: The Need For Better Employment Eligibility Regulations, Gregory S. Crespi

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People will start seeking tax-exempt debt forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (“PSLF”) program in October of 2017 after satisfying the requirements of 10 years of post-October 1, 2007 employment in a “public service job.” I estimate that eventually 200,000 people a year or more will obtain debt forgiveness under this program, at a total cost to the Treasury of $12 billion/year or more. Estimates are that up to one-quarter of all employment will qualify as a public service job.

For such a large and costly program the precise eligibility criteria are crucial. The statutory definition of ...


Will The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Ever Forgive Any Loans?, Gregory S. Crespi Jan 2017

Will The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program Ever Forgive Any Loans?, Gregory S. Crespi

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There is a sharp tension between the expectations that hundreds of thousands to millions of persons have regarding their right to eventually have their student loan debts forgiven under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, starting this fall, and the legitimate public concerns regarding the large future costs and regressive incidence of the PSLF program’s benefits. The Trump Administration has recently proposed prospectively abolishing the PSLF program for future Direct Loans. Whether or not this proposal is adopted, given the large costs of the program (which I estimate will eventually rise to $12 billion/year or more as an ...


The Obama Administration's New 'Repaye' Plan For Student Loan Borrowers: Not Much Help For Law School Graduates, Gregory S. Crespi Jan 2016

The Obama Administration's New 'Repaye' Plan For Student Loan Borrowers: Not Much Help For Law School Graduates, Gregory S. Crespi

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In response to President Obama’s 2014 directive the DOE has proposed a new student loan repayment option, labeled the Repay As You Earn Plan (“REPAYE Plan”). The DOE on July 9, 2015 requested comments on their proposed REPAYE Plan rules, and the Plan will probably be open for enrollment in early 2016 for up to 6 million student loan borrowers who are not eligible for enrollment in the generous Pay As You Earn Plan (“PAYE Plan”) because of their pre-October 1, 2007 federal student loan debts. I estimate that approximately 72,000 of those 6 million persons are law ...


Enhanced "Blue Sky" Enforcement: A Path To Help Solve Our Public School Funding Dilemma, Marc I. Steinberg Jan 2011

Enhanced "Blue Sky" Enforcement: A Path To Help Solve Our Public School Funding Dilemma, Marc I. Steinberg

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Unanimously Wrong, Dale Carpenter Jan 2006

Unanimously Wrong, Dale Carpenter

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The Supreme Court was unanimously wrong in Rumsfeld v. FAIR. Though rare, it's not the first time the Court has been unanimously wrong. Its most notorious such decisions have come, like FAIR, in cases where the Court conspicuously failed even to appreciate the importance of the constitutional freedoms under attack from legislative majorities. In these cases, the Court's very rhetoric exposed its myopic vision in ways that now seem embarrassing. Does FAIR, so obviously correct to so many people right now, await the same ignominy decades away? FAIR was wrong in tone, a dismissive vox populi, adopted by ...


Discrimination By Proxy: The Case Of Proposition 227 And The Ban On Bilingual Education, Kevin R. Johnson, George A. Martinez Jan 2000

Discrimination By Proxy: The Case Of Proposition 227 And The Ban On Bilingual Education, Kevin R. Johnson, George A. Martinez

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Hopwood, Bakke And The Future Of The Diversity Justification, Lackland H. Bloom Jr. Jan 1998

Hopwood, Bakke And The Future Of The Diversity Justification, Lackland H. Bloom Jr.

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The decision of the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Hopwood v. Texas sent shock waves through the academic community with its holding that the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibited the University of Texas Law School from taking account of race as a factor in its admissions process. In the course of invalidating certain procedures employed by the law school, the Fifth Circuit concluded that Justice Powell's influential opinion in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, which recognized the pursuit of diversity in higher education as a compelling state interest, had never ...