H.R.3630 - Student Loan Borrowers' Bill of Rights Act of 2017115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24] (Introduced 07/28/2017)|
|Committees:||House - Education and the Workforce; Ways and Means; Judiciary; Oversight and Government Reform|
|Latest Action:||House - 07/28/2017 Referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, the Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.3630 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (07/28/2017)
Student Loan Borrowers' Bill of Rights Act of 2017
This bill allows educational loans to be discharged in bankruptcy cases.
In addition, the bill amends title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to reinstate the six-year statute of limitations for certain student loans.
The bill prohibits the collection of amounts individuals owe the Department of Education (ED) under title IV through: (1) offsets of Social Security, railroad retirement, or black lung benefits; (2) offsets of tax refunds; or (3) wage garnishment.
The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to (1) exclude discharged student loan debt from an individual's gross income, and (2) allow distributions from qualified tuition programs (known as 529 plans) to be used for student loan payments.
Parents with certain PLUS loans made on behalf of dependent students are now eligible for income-based repayment plans.
The bill prohibits: (1) evidence of an individual's default on a loan made, insured, or guaranteed under title IV from being used in a federal or state proceeding involving the individual's professional or vocational license; or (2) institutions of higher education from blocking students' access to their student records due to loan default.
ED must 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 for five years during repayment and make 60 monthly payments on such loans after October 1, 2017.