Student Loan Relief Application Now Accessible for Americans Abroad
Rebecca Lammers - Democrats Abroad
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November 1, 2022

Thanks to the Biden-Harris administration, the federal student loan relief is one of the most recent examples of Democrats delivering real, material improvement to the lives of the American people, including Americans abroad.

As of late last week, the Department of Education's online application form is now available for Americans abroad, thanks to Democrats Abroad! (Read more about our advocacy on this issue here)

If for any reason you are STILL getting an error message when trying to access the form, please try these troubleshooting steps:

  • Check back later or another day. The website has been overwhelmed with over 22 million people having applied in the first week the application form went live so give it some time then check again later.
  • Click here to follow steps to use a VPN to get around the geo-blocking of the website. If you find that this fix resolves the issue, be sure to then report your application form error message using this quick form.

Here are some additional tips for submitting your online application form as an American abroad:

  • You may see an error message at the top of the application form saying that debit discharge is paused, but the application form is still open. As a result of a court order from a group of Republicans, Federal Student Aid is temporarily blocked from processing debt discharges. Application forms are still open, so you are encouraged to apply. Applications will be processed as soon as possible. The news on this is changing quickly right now, so we recommend you periodically check back for updates.
  • Filling in the form requires a U.S. phone number. You can use a family or friend's U.S. phone number or set up a virtual U.S. phone number. Some free and paid options to set up a U.S. phone number outside the U.S. are available by clicking on this link.

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