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Rubio Joins Bipartisan Push To Reform Student Loan Repayment Programs

Jan 7, 2015 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today joined U.S. Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Richard Burr (R-NC), along with Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), in introducing legislation to reform federal student loan repayment programs. The Repay Act, which Senators King and Burr originally introduced last Congress, would simplify the complex maze of federal student loan repayment programs  by consolidating many of the benefits of current repayment programs into two plans: a fixed repayment plan, based on a 10-year period, and a single, simplified income-driven repayment option.  

“Helping more people achieve the American Dream requires equipping them with the education and training necessary to do the jobs of the 21st century,” Rubio said. “The Repay Act would help modernize the income-based repayment system for student loans, which Senator Warner and I have also been working on for the past year.

“We need reforms like this to ensure that the burden of student loans is more manageable to discourage overborrowing,” Rubio added. “I believe this bill’s requirement for the GAO to study the best way enroll, verify income and facilitate income-based repayment programs will ultimately help build momentum for other initiatives I will continue working on as the Senate considers higher education reform later this year.”

This is Rubio’s latest effort to reform student loan repayment programs. In July 2014, Rubio and Warner introduced The Dynamic Student Loan Repayment Act to consolidate, simplify and improve income-based repayment options for federal student loans. With the bipartisan Rubio-Warner proposal, all federal student loan payments would be automatically adjusted based upon income. Borrowers will be able to repay loans at a more affordable pace and with more manageable and easily-facilitated payments, providing relief to those who worry about how they will repay their debt just as they are getting started in the workforce.  

A summary of the Dynamic Student Loan Repayment Act is available here and the legislation is available here.