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October 11, 2013

Public-sector workers can get student-loan help

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“Or, equally troubling, our recent grads choose public service but don’t get the financial assistance on their student loans that they deserve because they don’t know they qualify.

“That’s why I’m asking the departments of education and labor to work together with public-sector employers to do a better job of informing new hires of these benefits, which will allow teachers, firefighters, cops, nurses and more to save a little more each month and even have their loans completely forgiven.”

Congress enacted the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, defining eligibility as one who is employed with a federal, state or local government agency, entity or organization or a nonprofit that has been designated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, which includes government, public education, nonprofits, public health care, military personnel and law enforcement, among others.

In the North Country, there are 60,745 public-health employees, 3,018 public-education employees and 50,609 government employees, according to Schumer’s office.

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