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NLADA logoThe President’s FY 2019 budget blueprint released Monday, February 12, includes a proposal that would eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

PSLF was enacted by President George W. Bush in 2007 to encourage graduates to enter into public service and to make it financially viable for them to remain in service for the duration of their careers despite taking on significant student loan debt to earn their degrees. 

A survey conducted by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) suggests that the program has significantly enhanced access to justice in America, and that eliminating PSLF would harm our communities.


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President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2019 calls for defunding the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), but LSC leaders remain confident of continued bipartisan Congressional support.

LSC is the nation’s largest single funder of civil legal aid, distributing more than 94% of its funding to more than 800 offices nationwide. These organizations serve low-income individuals, children, families, seniors, and veterans in every congressional district.


The Federal Trade Commission has charged a student loan debt relief operation with bilking more than $28 million from thousands of consumers throughout the country by falsely promising that consumers’ monthly payments would go towards paying off their student loans.

This is the eighth action the FTC has taken in Operation Game of Loans, the first federal-state law enforcement initiative targeting deceptive student loan debt relief scams.


Shriver Center logoThe Clearinghouse Community, part of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will be holding the February episode of the Advocacy Exchange webcast, entitled How to Defend Low-Wage Workers Against Noncompete Agreements, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Eastern. The Advocacy Exchange is a monthly conversation hosted by the Clearinghouse Community with advocates advancing change.


Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a coalition of 17 Attorneys General in filing comments in opposition to a Trump Administration proposal to eliminate protections that allow employees to keep the tips they have earned. One study suggested this proposed rule change could result in employers taking up to $5.8 billion of workers’ earned tips each year.