By USA Today

Thousands of U.S. student loan borrowers who work as teachers, police officers, nurses, or in other public service jobs may soon benefit from a $350 million one-time expansion of a federal program that could forgive their remaining debt.

A compromise in the $3.1 trillion federal spending bill signed Friday by President Trump includes a one-time reprieve for borrowers who feared they’d missed the chance to get out from under often-crippling student loan debt that makes it hard to buy a home, start a family, or pay day-to-day bills.

“I’m very glad that, for the first time, we got some money to help public servants unfairly trapped under a mountain of debt,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who fought for the reprieve. But she stressed that fight for a “permanent fix” to the estimated $1.4 trillion in U.S. student loan debt goes on.

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