H.R.1352 - Student Loan Borrowers' Bill of Rights Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] (Introduced 03/10/2015)|
|Committees:||House - Education and the Workforce; Ways and Means; Judiciary; Oversight and Government Reform|
|Latest Action:||04/29/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.1352 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (03/10/2015)
Student Loan Borrowers' Bill of Rights Act of 2015
Removes educational loans from the list of debts that are non-dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Amends title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA) to reinstate the six-year statute of limitations on the recovery by:
- institutions of higher education (IHEs) of refund amounts owed by students on grants made, or work assistance awarded, under title IV;
- guaranty agencies of amounts owed on loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program;
- IHEs that have program participation agreements with the Secretary of Education of amounts owed under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan program or Federal Perkins Loans program; and
- the federal government of amounts owed by students on grants made under title IV or amounts owed by borrowers on loans made under title IV that have been assigned to the Secretary.
Prohibits the collection of amounts individuals owe the Department of Education under title IV of the HEA through: (1) offsets of social security, railroad retirement, or black lung benefits; (2) offsets of tax refunds; or (3) wage garnishment.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude discharged student loan debt from an individual's gross income.
Excludes from gross income distributions from qualified tuition plans that are use to pay the interest or principal on student loans.
Amends the HEA to make borrowers of PLUS loans made on behalf of dependent students under:
- the Direct Loan program eligible for income-contingent repayment plans, including plans based on the President's Pay As You Earn repayment initiative;
- the Direct Loan or FFEL programs eligible for income-based repayment plans that enable borrowers who have a partial financial hardship to make lower monthly payments; and
- the Direct Loan or FFEL programs eligible for loan forgiveness for service in areas of national need.
Specifies the regulation to be used in determining whether individuals have an adverse credit history that disqualifies them from borrowing a Direct Plus loan (provided to graduate or professional students or the parents of dependent students).
Prohibits evidence of an individual's default on a loan made, insured, or guaranteed under title IV of the HEA from being used in a federal or state proceeding involving the individual's professional or vocational license.
Prohibits an IHE from blocking students' access to their student records at the IHE due to such students being in default on such loans.
Directs the Secretary to cancel 50% of the balance of the interest and principal due on Direct loans that are not in default for borrowers who are employed in a public service job and make 60 monthly payments on such loans after October 1, 2015.