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Legislation in Congress would eliminate antiquated tax on student loans

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When American students take out loans to pursue a college education, they acquire origination fees.

The fees existed to offset the costs of private-sector partners who serviced federal student loans, but such partners no longer exist. Yet, students continue to pay an origination fee, receive a smaller loan than expected and are required to pay back the total amount of their loan plus interest.

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia teamed up with Sens. Mike Braun of Indiana, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Chris Coons of Delaware and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland last week to introduce the Student Loan Tax Elimination Act.

“Everyone loses when Virginia students are confronted with massive amounts of debt,” said Kaine. “It’s critical that we do more to make education affordable, including by getting rid of an antiquated fee that essentially taxes student loan borrowers for no reason. This bipartisan, commonsense legislation would do that.”

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.