Tester's Service Member Student Loan Relief Act would allow military members to apply for deferment of their student loans 180 days before deployment when they are often going through basic training and preparing to deploy. Currently, service members can only seek deferment during deployment and immediately after they return home.
Tester's bill was filed as an amendment to legislation that authorizes funding for the
"When our fighting men and women prepare to go into harm's way, the last thing on their mind should be making their student loan payments on time," said Tester, a senior member of the
Senator Tester first heard of this issue when
"As a single mom who worked hard to make sure my son got a solid start in life, it was tragic to learn that he could default on his student loans while preparing for combat," Jennings said. "I appreciate Senator Tester introducing a bill to help ensure that what happened to my family won't happen to other service members and their families."
Read this original document at: http://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=3506
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