Student loan representatives from seven states and Washington, D.C., sent a letter Tuesday to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul asking them to erase the federal loans of more than 53,000 student borrowers with permanent disabilities in their jurisdictions.

The letter says those students have received notices that they may qualify to have their loans forgiven under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, but just 10 percent of them have been granted relief.

“It is therefore critical that as Secretary you use your regulatory authority and access to borrower information to create the least onerous path to relief for this population, both as they apply for relief and to satisfy the monitoring requirements,” the letter, signed by ombudspersons in Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New York, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia says.

Read the full story by NBC News, “States urge Betsy DeVos to forgive loans of students with disabilities” published March 3, 2020.