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Attorney General Josh Stein Applauds Decision to Extend School Discharge Eligibility for Former Charlotte School of Law Students

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(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today thanked U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for heeding the calls of his office and congressional leaders to help former Charlotte School of Law students obtain relief for student debt. Specifically, Secretary DeVos extended the closed-school discharge eligibility period. Attorney General Stein asked her to do so on April 12, 2017. With this extension, an estimated 300 former students in total will now be eligible for forgiveness of their federal student loans.

“These students, through no fault of their own, were left with staggering debt and few options when their school abruptly closed last year,” said Attorney General Stein. “A closed-school discharge represents a real chance for those students to make a fresh start. I look forward to working with the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that all eligible former Charlotte School of Law students know how to take advantage of this option.”

Today’s announcement extends the eligibility window to now include students who withdrew on or after December 31, 2016. The prior eligibility window covered only to students withdrawing within 120 days of the school’s closure.

Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484

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