Congressmen Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Jon Runyan (R-NJ) have sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Education and Work Force Committee asking them to consider H.R. 3240, the Christopher Bryski Student Loan Protection Act. This bipartisan legislation would help ensure that students, parents and loan co-signers understand their rights and responsibilities in the taking out of student loans.
"When Congress addresses student loan obligations, I hope that we also use the opportunity to move forward on the Bryski legislation," said Pascrell, the Chairman of the Congressional Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force and a former college educator. "The higher education of a young adult often involves a commitment from an entire family. We must act to see that what happened to the Bryski Family will not happen to other families. I am glad to be working with Congressman Runyan to pass legislation that will help families fully understand the student loan terms and obligations."
"The United States is still in the midst of a fragile economic recovery," said Rep. Jon Runyan. "And this has forced millions of students to take out loans to attend college and graduate school. The Christopher Bryski Bill would add much needed transparency to the student loan process, which can be very confusing. I look forward to continuing my work with Representative Pascrell to ensure the quick passage of this bill."
H.R. 3240 was named for Christopher Bryski, a Marlton New Jersey resident, who died in 2006 tragically after suffering catastrophic injuries from a fall. Following the passing of Christopher, the Bryski family was informed they would be required to pay off Christopher's student loans. This bill would require private lenders to clearly explain the responsibilities of co-signers in the event of the death, disability, or inability to engage in sustainable gainful activity.
Attached to the release is a copy of the letter sent to Chairman John Kline and Ranking Member George Miller of the Education and Workforce Committee.