Many disabled veterans eligible for student loan forgiveness are still paying

The U.S. Department of Education continues to seek repayment on more than $1 billion in federal student loans from tens of thousands of severely disabled veterans who have been deemed unable to work and are eligible for student loan forgiveness.

The news comes out of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Veterans Education Success, a nonprofit that provides free services to veterans, back in June that was answered around Veteran’s Day.

In response to the advocacy group’s request, the Education Department says it has identified more than 40,000 service members who qualify to have their student debt canceled through what is called a “total and permanent disability discharge.”

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