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A year ago, compelled by a court ruling, the Education Department with little fanfare expanded eligibility for a program that erases the student debt of borrowers who take public-service jobs. But then, in recent months, the old rules that seemed to narrow who was eligible reappeared on the department’s website. That could plunge the agency back into hot water. This latest episode in the ongoing saga of Public Service Loan Forgiveness is a testament to the complexity of the federal program and adds a new dimension to criticism of the department’s oversight of it. Tens of thousands of borrowers have applied for forgiveness, but few have been successful. Advocacy groups say the denials si... Full story

21 February