The guidance released today by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education raises as many questions as it answers. ...
As we continue to mobilize to take care of each other, our students and our communities during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking all members to contact state leaders today and demand action on a plan to suspend higher education debt repayments.
Student debt repayments must be suspended as households contend with the economic crisis accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. Please message your state legislators and Governor Charlie Baker and demand that they voice their support for federal legislation providing student debt relief, as well as take steps to provide any and all appropriate relief at the state level.
We also urge you to sign this petition by the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts demanding that the U.S. Congress cancel all federal student loan debt.
This crisis has underscored the urgent need to address economic inequality in Massachusetts. Shackling college graduates with a lifetime of student debt is an extraordinary hardship in normal times; demanding student debt repayment as the pandemic crisis unfolds very likely will permanently damage our communities and our Commonwealth.