A large number of historically Black colleges and universities have seen a significant drop in enrollments because many students and their families have been unable to secure PLUS loans from the federal government. Two years ago, the U.S. Department of Education established a new rule that a family with debt delinquencies of 90 days or more could not be considered for the PLUS loan program. With this source of funding taken away from many families, many students could not obtain the funds necessary to pay their college bills.
In a statement, Marcia Fudge, chair of Congressional Black Caucus, said, “Actions taken by the Department of Education have disproportionately and adversely impacted students across this nation, in particular, more than 28,000 HBCU students. It’s time to stop the bleeding.”
Now the Education Department has announced that families with small amounts of debt greater than 90 days may appeal and become eligible for PLUS loans.