4,938 borrowers in Arizona filed for student loan forgiveness in 2nd quarter


Borrowers in Arizona who sought forgiveness of their student loans in the second quarter of 2019 numbered 4,938, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the U.S. Department of Education.

The department reported that it approved 307 student-loan discharge applications from Arizona residents during the second quarter, with 4,518 applications still pending. Student loan funds that were discharged in the state from April to June added up to $3,850,660, the 28th highest amount among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

The federal Higher Education Act allows those who have taken out student loans to seek forgiveness of the debt in the event that the college or university deceives the student in some way or violates certain state statutes.

To gain loan forgiveness, students need to file an attestation about why they should receive debt relief. Those whose applications are approved won’t have to pay any interest during the application-processing period, according to the Department of Education.

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Student Loan Forgiveness Data, State by State

Borrower State of ResidenceTotal ReceivedPendingApprovedTotal DischargedRank Based on Total Amount Discharged
California58,22139,80215,047$181,534,4021
Florida23,08918,5853,230$42,988,6082
Massachusetts7,0812,9673,857$30,668,6213
Texas21,41316,6383,464$25,655,1874
Georgia12,1539,4941,875$21,052,0615
Washington9,3696,4242,289$18,933,7606
Illinois13,91810,9081,727$14,977,9777
North Carolina7,0965,848976$14,869,3938
Michigan7,5355,6451,463$14,153,9869
Hawaii2,7671,554913$12,586,22110
Pennsylvania8,0146,616972$12,221,51011
Oregon3,9342,815836$10,492,10412
Ohio8,5057,378841$10,464,71513
Virginia6,3724,9831,039$10,213,70714
New York8,0106,999699$9,693,15515
Colorado4,5963,608774$8,620,86516
Missouri5,3204,346729$7,151,53117
Nevada3,6342,982433$6,375,11518
South Carolina3,1452,661382$6,033,20219
Indiana5,4284,663522$5,863,53220
Tennessee4,1123,658359$5,714,01721
Maryland4,1753,496369$5,222,33922
Mississippi2,1331,665342$4,884,96423
Minnesota4,4663,696643$4,859,55924
New Jersey4,5543,873515$4,527,62025
Alabama2,9052,505307$4,442,08126
Louisiana2,3071,953273$4,015,06827
Arizona4,9384,518307$3,850,66028
Kentucky2,6422,402177$3,021,45329
Wisconsin3,2332,830231$2,842,26930
Arkansas1,4371,148235$2,693,60431
West Virginia1,3341,024230$2,475,10632
Kansas1,4781,307138$2,074,56133
Utah1,7291,472182$1,821,79934
Iowa1,159974147$1,681,70635
Oklahoma1,6621,475137$1,618,20536
Connecticut1,1811,019130$1,467,43737
Idaho944816109$1,242,73338
Nebraska795670101$1,050,69539
New Mexico98989087$1,023,91640
Wyoming383262109$1,023,54541
Delaware47238270$997,43742
New Hampshire50539297$975,55743
Montana44736664$889,87444
District of Columbia63649481$797,02845
Alaska29021856$688,92846
Maine42534762$685,57847
Rhode Island36831246$612,23748
South Dakota34628649$559,25049
North Dakota26621643$432,41050
Vermont15410936$300,48651
Source: U.S. Department of Education

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