Lisa Reiner, John-Paul Kocot, and Alizabeth Newman

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CUNY Law Alumni

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness

We know that many of you are out there doing the work that brought you to law school, using the law to serve human needs. For many of you, that means that the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) is a critical factor in your calculation of how to deal with your law school debt.

Now that the program is 10 years old, the first graduates who have been in qualified jobs have applied for their forgiveness. News reports reveal that the vast majority of the applicants have been turned down as a result of issues created by private lenders and failure to fully comply with the intricate technical requirements for eligibility and reporting. See Student Loan Forgiveness Program Rejects 99% Of Applicants, Forbes, Sep 24, 2018 and A Teacher’s Long Road to Student Loan Forgiveness, The New York Times, Dec. 7, 2018.

We want to support each of you who are relying on this program by (1) making sure that you have all the information you need to take advantage of the program and (2) understanding how we can advocate to make the program work better for you. We are asking your help so we can understand how well prepared you feel to use this program to fund your public interest career and how we can best support you.

1) Please take a minute to give us feedback on this survey. Your responses can remain anonymous.

2) CUNY Law hosted a free workshop with the AccessLex Institute at the Law School on Monday, January, 28th, entitled PSLF ACTION PLAN. Your responses to the survey above were helpful in shaping the workshop to ensure that you are fully informed and prepared to make the program work for you. In addition, your answers will help us to take leadership in advocating for improvements to the program. Please find below copies of the workshop materials.

If Loan Forgiveness is an area of interest and you would like to become more involved, please contact Prof. Alan White who is working on the Public Interest Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) issue, and is interested in hearing from alumni about their experiences, especially if they are willing to share them with elected representatives and the media.

If you are interested in getting free assistance on your own loan forgiveness, please contact AccessLex for live chat at, or via email at, or call 1-844-755-HELP.