Application forms, below:

Student Debt: How AAUP Can Help

A lot has been happening around student debt! Last month the federal government announced it will provide up to $20,000 in debt cancellation to Pell Grant recipients with loans held by the Department of Education and up to $10,000 in debt cancellation to non-Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers are eligible for this relief if their individual income is less than $125,000 or $250,000 for households. Forms will be available in October to apply for debt relief. Learn more here.

In addition to debt relief, there’s an important deadline coming up for those who are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), which includes many faculty. The “limited PSLF waiver” that created time-limited changes to PSLF rules to allow borrowers to receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify for PSLF ends on Oct. 31, 2022.

We can help as that deadline approaches. As an AFT affiliate, we are continuing to offer free access to Summer, a trusted online platform that can help you navigate your student loan situation and simplify the PSLF application process. Summer was founded by student loan borrowers, who understand the frustration of the repayment process. And Summer is already working with thousands of borrowers like you to help them save on their student loan payments.

The Summer tool and team guides borrowers through options to consider, gives savings recommendations, makes decision-making easier, and handles all of the paperwork. Whether you have no idea where to start, or just want to confirm that you’re in the right repayment plan, Summer’s resources and staff can guide you.

Here’s how to create your FREE account with Summer:

  1. Note that your AAUP member ID is 1709503
  2. Head to our landing page at app.meetsummer.org/onboard/aaup.
  3. Create an account by submitting your name, email, and AAUP member ID. When prompted, use the access code AAUP. We’ll use your submission to confirm your membership and validate your Summer account.
  4. Get started with Summer’s free tools to review your student loan repayment plan.

Once you’ve created your account, if you have questions about the platform, please email support@meetsummer.org or check out Summer’s help section, where you can send a message or schedule a consultation. If you have questions about your member ID or an AAUP related issue you can reach out to the AAUP at SLassistance@aaup.org. Information on Summer can also be found on our site, including a recording of a webinar with an overview of the platform and PSLF and a link to login instructions.

We continue to keep you updated as we do more work around student debt and fight for a new deal for higher education.


A Working Summer for the AAUP

With the end of the academic term upon us, we wanted to reach out to let you know what the AAUP is working on, now and through the summer.

We’ll be releasing a report next week on the summary dismissal of a tenured faculty member at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Our investigating committee found that her dismissal came as the direct result of her criticism of the administration’s handling of an incident in which a student brought a gun to campus and made what could reasonably be interpreted as a threat. A department chair immediately informed faculty about the incident—except for the department’s three faculty members of color, even though the student was scheduled to attend class with one of them the next day and had previously made racially charged statements in class. Be on the lookout for an e-mail with the full report.

We’ll also continue working with graduate employees at the University of Chicago, who filed authorization cards with the National Labor Relations Board yesterday to form a union affiliated with the AAUP and the American Federation of Teachers. A union would give graduate employees a seat at the table where decisions are made that affect them, their students, and the broader university community. An election is expected in late June.

Some good news: guidance out from the United States Department of Labor increases the potential for faculty on contingent appointments to receive unemployment compensation over breaks between semesters. The AAUP, along with other organizations, pushed the labor department to address this issue and provided information to the labor department regarding the changed reality of contingent faculty on university campuses. See the guidance here.

Our summer studies will continue in Ohio! The 2017 AAUP/AAUP-CBC Summer Institute is coming to University of Cincinnati. From July 27 to July 30, more than two hundred higher education professionals from around the country will gather for four days of exciting workshops and special programs. We bring in organizers, data analysts, seasoned campaigners, and issue experts to build your skills as an advocate for AAUP principles, collective bargaining, and higher education. Registration is now open; join us.

And here’s what you can do this summer. Be a voice for academic freedom.

  1. Donate to the AAUP Foundation. Your donation is crucial to our work fighting for faculty and higher education.
  2. Be social. Follow us on Facebook and share stories about our work so that we reach more people.
  3. Share your stories. We’re collecting reports from faculty members about experiences of targeted harassment and intimidation. Submit here.

We look forward to an exciting and productive summer!

Best regards,