Biden Cancels $7.4 Billion in Student Debt for Over 277,000 Borrowers

Biden Cancels $7.4 Billion in Student Debt for Over 277,000 Borrowers

For Americans struggling with student loan debt, US President Biden announced the cancellation of $7.4 billion in student loans for over 277,000 borrowers. This brings the total amount of debt relief approved under the Biden-Harris administration to a staggering $153 billion for 4.3 million borrowers.

The US president tweeted and wrote, “Today, my Administration is canceling student debt for 277,000 more people – bringing the total number of Americans who have been approved for debt relief so far under my Administration to 4.3 million through various actions. I will never stop working to cancel student debt.”

Biden Cancels $7.4 Billion in Student Debt for Over 277,000 Borrowers

Who Benefits from this Cancellation?

This latest round of debt relief targets several groups:

  • Borrowers enrolled in the administration’s Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plan, specifically the recently created SAVE program.
  • Borrowers who qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) due to recent program improvements.
  • Borrowers who were defrauded by their schools.
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What Does This Mean for Borrowers?

For the lucky 277,000 borrowers, this announcement could mean a significant financial burden lifted. They will receive emails notifying them of their debt cancellation.

The Road Ahead for Student Debt Relief

While this is positive news for many, the overall student loan crisis remains a major issue. The Biden administration is facing pressure to enact broader forgiveness programs. However, a previous attempt at large-scale forgiveness was blocked by the Supreme Court.

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The Debate Continues

The issue of student debt relief is a complex one with strong arguments on both sides. Proponents argue that canceling debt would free up billions of dollars for borrowers to spend in the economy, boosting growth. Opponents argue that it’s unfair to taxpayers who didn’t go to college or have already paid off their loans.

What You Can Do

If you have federal student loans, it’s important to stay informed about the latest developments on forgiveness programs and repayment options. The Department of Education website is a valuable resource:

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