FOIA Request: Records of the U.S. Department of Education’s Internal Decisions and Communications with Outside Interest Groups Regarding its Income-Driven Repayment Policies

AgencyDepartment of Education
TypeFOIA Request
IssueIncome-Driven RepaymentStudent Loan Debt Cancellation
DateMar 20, 2023

On January 11, 2023, the Department published proposed rulemaking ("Improving Income-Driven Repayment for the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program" or "IDR NPRM") which would radically revise current repayment options available to student loan borrowers, transforming student loans issued under Title IV into a de facto grant program in violation of Congressional authorization (through the Higher Education Act of 1965). The Department's estimated costs have been found to be vastly flawed, even as the Department plans to use the IDR NPRM to create an alternative back door student loan debt cancellation program. DFI's FOIA request is for records of the Department's related internal decisions and communications with outside interest groups regarding its IDR policies.