CANCELLED! $1.7 Billion in Student Loan Debt Cancelled in Settlement with Navient

66,000 Borrowers Will Receive Relief Under Agreement

Andy Spears
2 min readJan 13, 2022
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In a settlement announced today, student loan servicer Navient has agreed to cancel $1.7 billion in student loan debt owed by 66,000 borrowers, NPR reports.

“Navient repeatedly and deliberately put profits ahead of its borrowers,” said Pennsylvania State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a leading voice behind the legal fight.

Advocates for student loan borrowers were quick to applaud the decision.

The Student Borrower Protection Center said of the agreement:

“At long last, the student loan borrowers who had been forced to shoulder the burden of dangerous and predatory private student loans made by Sallie Mae and owned by Navient will finally be debt free. Today’s action is a clear victory for many of the millions of borrowers whose pain Navient and Sallie Mae shamelessly turned into profit. Navient cheated borrowers at every stage of repayment, taking advantage of low-income borrowers, disabled veterans, seniors, and more, all in service to its bottom line. Today, these 39 states won a hard-fought battle to remedy this long history of abuse.

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Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .