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To: Palomar College President Robert Deegan, Palomar College District Governing Board

Enroll in Federal Loan Forgiveness Program

Thank you to everyone who signed this petition. We are very happy to report that Palomar College has agreed to take the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pledge! By taking this pledge, Palomar will be the first community college in the country to commit to informing employees of their student loan repayment options, including Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

We could not have won this campaign without your support. We want to thank you for your involvement, and ask for your continued support for future campaigns. This win is important, but it is far from the end of our ongoing efforts to bring about equity in higher education.

Enroll in Federal Loan Forgiveness Program

You could make hundreds of Palomar employees eligible for loan forgiveness with the stroke of a pen. Immediately register for participation in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Why is this important?

I love teaching anthropology. I take pride in giving students the tools they need to understand unfamiliar cultures and interact with people from different cultural backgrounds. I certainly didn't pursue my PhD for the money. I've amassed tens of thousands of dollars in student debt to help pay for my education, and as adjunct faculty members my husband and I are barely scraping by. With a baby, and in an expensive city like San Diego, it's tough to make ends meet.

That's why I was so excited to learn that my employer, Palomar College, could help free me and hundreds of other employees from crushing student debt burdens with the stroke of a pen. Thanks to new Department of Education policies, many teachers like us could be eligible to have their federal student loans completely forgiven after 10 years of on-time loan payments.

My husband is also an adjunct, and we have a combined student loan debt of approximately $140,000 -- more than double our anticipated annual household income for the foreseeable future. Getting access to the Public Student Loan Forgiveness program would be a game-changer for our family.

The first step in the process is easy: Palomar College just needs to submit paperwork to the Department of Education. Once they do, hundreds of Palomar employees like me could in theory become eligible for loan forgiveness, and their example will make it easier for other colleges to follow suit. Moreover, perhaps more of our students will consider public service careers once they see that it could be a path to debt forgiveness.

The large majority of Palomar College’s faculty, like me, work with no job security and receive few benefits. By taking this simple action, Palomar can provide access to debt relief to employees who need it, and also help get the word out about loan forgiveness. As the cost of higher education continues to skyrocket, public service workers and students considering careers in public service need this information more than ever.

Please join me and my colleagues in asking Palomar College to immediately begin participating in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.


Reasons for signing

  • My salary as an adjunct instructor has not been able to cover living expenses and pay back the loan debt incurred from pursuing my PhD.
  • I just graduated from PC with two AA's. It is an amazing institution with the most dedicated and hardworking faculty, staff and administration I've seen. They deserve this.
  • Palomar College benefits greatly from the services of an affordable, well-trained, and dedicated teaching resource - adjunct faculty. In return for our dedication and professionalism, the Palomar administration should recognize and support our efforts by giving us the same loan forgiveness benefits that other public service employees are eligible to receive. I think that's only fair.

Updates

2014-11-20 12:01:27 -0500

Petition is successful with 265 signatures

2014-11-12 22:01:06 -0500

Petition is successful with 262 signatures

2014-11-12 08:51:37 -0500

Petition is successful with 261 signatures

2014-08-06 15:54:58 -0400

100 signatures reached

2014-07-30 13:41:24 -0400

50 signatures reached

2014-07-15 21:20:02 -0400

25 signatures reached

2014-07-14 18:57:31 -0400

10 signatures reached