WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced Domenic and Ed’s Law, legislation to allow a parent whose child develops a total and permanent disability to qualify for student loan discharge. This legislation was originally part of the Senators’ Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act which would both amend the Higher Education Act to provide student loan forgiveness to parents who take out loans for their children and also change the Internal Revenue Code to exempt individuals from the tax liability created by the forgiveness of their student loans in cases of death and disability.
“We have constituents—hardworking Americans—who bear the burden of student loan debt in the face of their child's total and permanent disability,” said Senator Coons. “Our legislation to eliminate the tax on discharged federal student loans for students who experience a total and permanent disability was signed into law in 2017. However, parents who borrow federal funds on their child's behalf still need relief if the child become totally and permanently disabled. I urge my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to fix this inequity and provide the relief these families deserve.”
The federal government authorizes the forgiveness of certain federal loans in the case of total and permanent disability of the borrower, including:
Despite this law, families of individuals who suffer great personal loss or severe injury are often shocked to learn that the parents who took out student loans for their children are not eligible for the same student loan forgiveness by the federal government and private lenders.
Domenic and Ed’s Law will: