ICYMI: 2021 Free My Future Livestreams


Kick-Off Event: Keynote Speakers


Join us for the official kickoff to NextGen Policy’s third annual Free My Future Student Debt Summit. NextGen Policy will welcome attendees as the summit aims to discuss issues impacting student borrowers, policy wins, and what borrowers need to know as repayments are set to restart in 2022. Hear directly from California Attorney General Rob Bonta on California’s efforts to address the student debt crisis and Chief Operating Officer of Financial Student Aid at the US Department of Education, Richard Cordray as the Department is set to implement recent reforms to student loans, especially on public service loan forgiveness. California has once again led the nation in setting consumer protections for borrowers, join us as Assemblymember Mark Stone, author of Assembly Bill 424 The Private Student Loan Debt Collections Reform Act discusses progress made for private student loan borrowers who are often overlooked.


Panel: State of Student Debt in California


As student borrowers struggle to recover from the economic and health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, California was still able to make great strides to support student borrowers and guest speakers will talk about the progressive steps California made this year and what borrowers and advocates can expect in 2022. Senior Deputy Commissioner of Consumer Financial Protection at the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, Suzanne Martindale highlights new initiatives at the Department that offers support to borrowers and the need for public input in 2022 efforts.


Panel: State of Student Debt in America


Join us for a conversation about the current landscape of federal student debt policy, what President Biden can and should do for student borrowers, and what future possibilities are for student debt advocacy. Join the discussion with advocates that empowered student borrower voices that helped spurred recently announced groundbreaking reforms to the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


Legislative Briefing and Workshop: What California Legislative Staff Need to Know About Student Loans


Legislative staff and all public service workers are welcomed. Come learn about recently announced reforms to the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and take control of your student loans.


Advocacy Workshop – The Fight Against Student Debt


Welcome to the second day of Free My Future 2021. Start today with our special guest speaker, Bonnie Latreille, Student Loan Ombudsman, from the Department of Education as she provides the inside scoop on what borrowers need to know in 2022 with their student loans and how they can be their own advocates amidst changing student loan policies. Immediately following our guest speaker, join experts from Young Invincibles, Generation Progress, and NextGen America on the new landscape of advocacy as many have turned to digital and online tools. Come ready with questions on how you can join the fight to end the student debt crisis.


Panel: The Future Costs of Higher Education


The rising costs of college including covering tuition, housing, food and other basic needs are a challenge for college students more than ever. Hear from student leaders from our community colleges, Cal State Universities, and University of California system on the student lead movement to fix financial aid in California. Hear about the lived experiences of students and learn how California can prevent future generations of students from being held back by student debt.


Student Debt Workshop


Join us for a free student debt workshop co-hosted by Student Debt Crisis and Savi. We will provide information and resources about federal repayment options and go over the recent reforms for federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Bring your questions and connect with our trusted partners to help you get a handle on your student loan debt.