Information about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and
Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Temporary (TEPSLF) Programs
There have been recent, significant changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program that may positively impact many full-time City of Milwaukee employees.
On October 6, 2021, the US Department of Education announced a temporary period during which borrowers may receive credit for payments that previously did not qualify for the PSLF or Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF). If you have Federal Family Education (FFEL), Perkins or other federal student loans, you’ll need to consolidate your loans into a Direct Consolidation Loan to qualify for PSLF, both in general and under the waiver, by October 31, 2022.
To learn more, watch the 1/2022 recorded webinar provided specifically for City of Milwaukee employees, entitled “Understanding PSLF and the Temporary Waivers” (presented by Betsy Mayotte, President of The Institute of Student Loan Advisors): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1haHGY9WOl-ZryFhI0QIgSQvwdgBoI6Tn/view?usp=sharing
Further information regarding the PSLF program, requirements and related resources are below:
To request Employer Certification for this program, send an email to DER Certification at DerCertification@milwaukee.gov (Subject: Request for Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer certification information) asking them to provide information and certification regarding your work history (per section 3 and 4 of the PSLF & TEPSLF Certification & Application). Include the following information:
1) your employee ID (if known)
2) your name (including any prior names you may have used during your employment with the City)
3) the method you would like to receive this information (e.g., via email, hard copy via the mail, or pick up the paperwork in person)
Please note—you do NOT need to submit your partially filled application to DER for this request. DER has the form on hand. Upon receipt of your request, DER Certification will then verify dates of employment and send you back the partially filled out application. You will then need to complete the rest of the application prior to submitting it directly to the federal government for consideration, as indicated in the links above. Please be advised that DER Certification will not submit the PSLF application to the federal government on an employee's behalf.
If you have further inquiries about the PSLF program, please email DEFCOM@milwaukee.gov.