(CNN) – A teachers union is suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
The American Federation of Teachers Union says the Department of Education has mismanaged the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
The program grants teachers and other public service workers loan forgiveness after they make 10 years of payments.
The union says the Education Department has improperly rejected applications and has violated their constitutional right to due process.
According to Politico, in recent years 99 percent of applications have been rejected.
That’s left tens of thousands of people with student loans they thought would be forgiven after they worked a decade on the job.
The president of the union says DeVos has “hurt and pauperized them.”
DeVos has proposed ending Public Service Loan Forgiveness for three years in a row, but lawmakers have continued to fund the program.
Last year, Congress set aside an additional $350 million to fix what they called a “glitch” in the enrollment process.