In April of 2016, President Obama took executive action to notify approximately 387,000 Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries of the potential eligibility to have outstanding student loan balances discharged on the basis of “total and permanent disability” (TPD). The Department of Education will send out letters to beneficiaries of their possible eligibility and will continue to do so until all individuals identified by the Social Security Administration (SSA) have been notified. The only beneficiaries who will receive notice for total and permanent disability discharge are those who the SSA has deemed “medical improvement not expected.” If the SSA determines that an individual is expected to have medical improvement, they will not automatically be eligible for TPD discharge. Those other individuals may be eligible for student loan forgiveness, but they would need to submit additional proof to request discharge and the process will not be streamlined.
If you need more information about a Social Security Disability/SSI, personal injury, EEOICPA, long or short-term disability, VA disability, Railroad Retirement Board disability, or a workers compensation matter, please contact the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser for a free case evaluation. We can be reached at (865) 584-1211 or (800) 806-4611 or through our website.