By law, anyone with a severe disability is eligible to have the government discharge their federal student loans. The administration took steps four years ago to make the process easier by letting people who are totally and permanently disabled use their Social Security designation to apply for a discharge, but few took advantage. The Department of Education is now taking it upon itself to identify eligible borrowers and guide them through the steps to discharge their loans.
With President Donald Trump's election and a Republican-controlled Congress, there may be several changes this year in Washington that could impact your student loans. Here are 7 student loan changes to watch for in 2017 and what you need to know.