Congress members' kids don't get free ride
Once again the false claim that the children of U.S. senators and representatives don't have to pay their student loan debt has gone viral.
By Karen Datko Jan 17, 2013 7:03PM
So, you can't get your student loan debt waived simply because your mom or dad serves in Congress. But how can you get part of your federal student loan debt forgiven? Among the ways:
Another program allows federal agencies to make payments on employees' federal student loans to attract or keep highly qualified workers. Federal Times adds some details:
"The federal government paid nearly $85.7 million in employees' student loan debts in 2010, a 38% increase over the previous year, according to a report.
"Thirty-six agencies made the payments for 11,359 employees in 2010, a 34% increase in the number of employees helped, the Office of Personnel Management said in a report to Congress released Tuesday."
There's enough to be irritated with Congress about without believing erroneous or false claims. As for those mass emails you get or unsubstantiated Facebook posts you read, ignore them or go to the trouble of verifying the claims. Others you might have been tempted to share them with will thank you for not wasting their time.