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Events Panel Series: Beyond Fresh Start

Panel Series: Beyond Fresh Start

1:00 PM EDT – 3:00 PM EDT


In April, the White House announced the Department of Education is taking steps to give a fresh start to millions of struggling borrowers who are currently in default on federal student loans, protecting them from the harsh consequences of default if payments resume in the future.

For too long, defaulted borrowers have slipped through the cracks, experienced ruined credit, and been made to suffer at the hands of the Department of Education’s punitive collection system, which seizes their wages, Social Security Benefits, and Earned Income Tax Credits in retaliation for these borrowers defaulting on their federal loans. While the relief the White House announced is critically needed for people living in or close to poverty, it is not a long-term solution to a crisis decades in the making. The Department now has an opportunity to fix the broken student loan default and collection system. 

Please join SBPC for the final two parts of this three-part virtual panel series on August 9 and 16 for conversations about student debt collection with leading scholars, practitioners, and advocates, moderated by leading journalists.

Part 1: Addressing the Flaws of the Current Student Loan Collection System

COMPLETE – Watch panel recording here or below.

Moderated by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post

Featuring remarks from Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07)

With a panel discussion between:

  • Deanne Loonin
  • Josh Rovenger of Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Amber Saddler of Student Borrower Protection Center, and
  • Abby Shafroth of National Consumer Law Center

Part 2: Solutions to Address Student Loan Default and Collections

August 9,
1-3 PM ET

Moderated by Aarthi Swaminathan, Marketwatch

Featuring remarks from U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvaal

With a panel discussion between:

  • Kate Lang of Justice in Aging
  • Claire Torchiana of Student Borrower Protection Center
  • Johnson Tyler of Brooklyn Legal Services, and
  • Persis Yu of Student Borrower Protection Center

Part 3: The Role of States in Reforming Our Broken Student Loan Collection System

August 16,
1-3 PM ET

Moderated by: [TBD]

Featuring a panel discussion between:

  • Claire Johnson Raba of University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
  • Kat Welbeck, Student Borrower Protection Center, and
  • More to come!

Beyond Fresh Start Paper Series

In conjunction with the panels, SBPC released a compendium of new scholarship on the harms of the current debt collection system, existing legal authority for administrative fixes, ideas for reform, and the role of states.

See the related paper series here.

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Beyond Fresh Start - A Student Borrower Protection Center virtual panel series.

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