Managing Student Loan Anxiety and Coping Financially During COVID-19

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This free on-demand webinar empowers all federal student loan borrowers with an overview of online tools and resources for managing personal student loans during the uncertain times of COVID-19. Learn about options made available under the CARES Act and strategies for lowering monthly federal student loan payments after COVID-19 stimulus assistance ends. Electronic tools for helping patrons enroll to lower payments and helping public service workers maintain eligibility for student loan forgiveness programs are discussed. The webinar concludes with personal stress-management and coping techniques to use when feeling triggered by debt.

Originally presented October 7, 2020.

PLA members make it possible for us to provide continuing education opportunities like this webinar at no cost. We thank our members for their continuous dedication to the advancement of the public library field and our association.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this on-demand webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Apply for income-driven repayment plans to lower student loan payments and avoid economic ruin during COVID-19;
  • Identify changes made available to student loan borrowers offered by the CARES Act and heightened impact of student loans; and
  • Utilize stress management techniques for self-care in addressing anxiety triggered by debt.

Additional Resources

Who Should Attend

All public library staff who want to expand tools/resources they can offer to patrons and peers who have experienced job loss, reduction in hours, etc. during COVID-19, and want to insure economic survival of community members/families with federal student loan debt.


Kyra HahnKyra Hahn successfully transitioned to a career in public library service sixteen years ago and is currently a youth librarian at Multnomah County Library in Portland, OR. She is a conference presenter, writer, and advocate for student loan forgiveness programs and equity/diversity/inclusion. Kyra is the creator and moderator of the Facebook group Librarian4PSLF, providing support and research on evolving student loan forgiveness program policy. She is a member of Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and serves as recording secretary for the Colorado Black Library Association, an affiliate of BCALA.

Matt AmoryMatt Amory is a librarian at the Canton (MA) Public Library. After failing to survive as an actor, a database support worker, and an IT project manager, Matt settled into a late-life career as a public librarian and union activist. He is treasurer of the Massachusetts Library Staff Association, and a member of Local 4928 AFT, AFT-MA, AFL-CIO, Brookline, MA.



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