The Metro DC Chapter is one of 55 chapters of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest association of professional social workers in the United States. Our 1,100-plus members serve all populations, including children, adolescents, families, older adults, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and others. They also serve clients in every DC ward and work setting, as well as in the DC metropolitan area such as Northern Virginia and nearby Maryland.

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Metro DC Social Workers: NASW Action Alert to Sign Petition, Share Your Story on the Burden of Student Debt

Act Now!NASW and its partner, the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC), have sent all members an urgent action alert asking them to sign a petition that calls on the Biden-Harris Administration to develop a “generous, broad, and automatic” system of cancelling student debt.

The alert also requests personal stories related to the student debt crisis.
The NASW Metro DC Chapter encourages all social workers to sign and share their experiences as soon as possible.
Despite improvements in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program—thanks in part to NASW’s longtime efforts and the 2021 PSLF Waiver—many social workers continue to be heavily burdened by student debt.
Public comments should be made to the U.S. Department of Education before Friday, May 17. Stories will be used to further develop a pending second proposal by the Biden-Harris Administration to help borrowers suffering “hardship” due to such loan repayments. This new proposal could benefit nearly 30 million student loan borrowers and families.
Note: The NASW Code of Ethics requires all social workers to actively engage in advocacy on professional issues and social justice. This is the perfect chance for Virginia social workers to use their unique, powerful voices to help make a difference.