AFTNJ Supports Reforms of Abusive NJ Student Loan Practices

“Thanks to Assembly Higher Ed Chair Mila Jasey and Assemblyman Andrew Wicker for their leadership in putting forth common sense legislation on student debt,” said AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera. Decency was on the agenda in Trenton, Thursday, Sept.8 at the Assembly Higher Education Committee, she said.

David Hughes testifies in favor of legislation to erase student debt when the student has died
David Hughes testifies in favor of legislation to erase student debt when the student has died. Photo: D. Chiera. 

AFTNJ Higher Education Vice President and Rutgers AAUP-AFT President David M. Hughes testified in support of legislation forgive certain student loans in event of student borrower’s death or total and permanent disability. “In the unfortunate circumstance of death, families can focus on family, not worrying about paying off a college loan,” Hughes said.

Lucye Millerand testifies in favor of legislation that would stop the practice of suspending professional licenses for student debt default
Lucye Millerand testifies in favor of legislation that would stop the practice of suspending professional licenses for student debt default. Photo: D. Chiera. 

AFTNJ Secretary and URA-AFT President Lucye Millerand testified in support of legislation that would repeal a law suspending certain licenses, registrations and certifications for failure to repay student loans. “It seems pretty obvious that when someone who has a profession – from lawyer to plumber to optometrist—is in debt for their education it is a good thing to keep them working,” Millerand said.

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