Borrowers accusing student loan servicer Navient of falsely telling them their loans were eligible for a debt relief program for public service workers have asked a federal judge in Tampa to certify their lawsuit as a class action.
The 2017 lawsuit is seeking damages on behalf of teachers, public defenders and other government employees nationwide who allegedly made debt payments for years on Navient’s false assurances that their loans could eventually be canceled under a federal debt relief program. Navient could have told borrowers to switch to a different type of loan that qualified for debt forgiveness but failed to do so, the lawsuit said.
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