Debt Load and Loan Forgiveness
Social workers should be considered for loan forgiveness programs on par with other allied health professions. CSWE is working to ensure social workers are included (or not excluded) as eligible recipients in legislation that authorizes and appropriates funds for federal loan forgiveness programs. By alleviating some of the financial burden associated with obtaining an education CSWE hopes to foster a stable, sustainable and competent social work workforce. Loan forgiveness programs provide incentive to attract more students into social work programs and help to retain social workers already in the field.