Call of the Day: Oppose Betsy DeVos's Rollback of Student Loan Debt Protections

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rescinded Obama-era regulations protecting those who have student loans. These regulations, designed to slow the increase in student loan defaults, safeguarded borrowers by simplifying the repayment process, assisting borrowers with debt management, and providing more oversight over loan-servicing companies.

DeVos's move comes after recent lobbying efforts from the student loan industry, which claimed the Obama regulations were too expensive to implement. Now that the regulations are no longer in place, defaults on student loan debt are expected to increase in the coming years.

Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Be concise - the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer - they don't set policy.  If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal -- call back later!

WHO:

Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos: DC OFFICE – (202) 401-3000

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from]. I don't need a response.

I'm calling to express my outrage over Secretary DeVos's April 12th memo to roll back Obama era student loan regulations. Secretary DeVos is putting the welfare of loan industry contractors over that of our students. Please pass my comments along to Secretary DeVos and ask her to reconsider her position.

Thank you for your time and your work answering phones.

This call is courtesy of Indivisible Metairie and 5 Calls.