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Joe Biden Forgives 20 Million Americans’ Student Loans

Joe Biden Forgives 20 Million Americans’ Student Loans
President Biden fulfilled one of his key campaign promises. (AP/Evan Vucci, File)

President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced his long-awaited plan to fulfill his campaign promise.

Borrowers earning less than $125,000 a year or households earning less than $250,000 are eligible for $10,000 in loan forgiveness.Biden announced in a tweet. For recipients of Pell Grants, reserved For college students with the most significant financial need, the federal government will write off up to an additional $10,000 in federal loan debt.

Biden is suspending federal student loan payments until the end of 2022 in what he called a “deadline.” He was scheduled to make remarks at the White House Wednesday afternoon to present his proposal to the public.

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Further 43 million people in federal student loans, According to federal data, the average balance is $37,667. Nearly a third of borrowers owe less than $10,000 and half owe less than $20,000. The White House estimated that Biden’s announcement would wipe out federal student loans for about 20 million people.

So say the lawyers Repeal would reduce the racial wealth gap: Black students are more likely to receive federal student loans and in larger amounts than others. Four years after earning a bachelor’s degree, black borrowers are a on average $25,000 more than their white counterpartsAccording to a study by the Brookings Institution.

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Even soThe move is unlikely to cheer any of the factions vying for influence when Biden is weighing how much to repeal, and for whom.

Biden has faced pressure from liberals to offer broad relief to hard-hit borrowers., and from moderates and Republicans alike, questioning the legitimacy of any blanket amnesty. The delay in Biden’s decision has only heightened expectations that his own advisers agree it represents a political no-win situation. The people spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss Biden’s expected announcement in advance.

The continuation of the coronavirus pandemic-era fare freeze comes just days ago Millions of Americans find out when their next student loan bill is due. With the current suspension scheduled to end on August 31, the administration is nearing the end of the payment freeze extension.

Activists call for student loan cancellation during a protest in Washington (REUTERS / Evelyn Hockstein).
Activists call for student loan cancellation during a protest in Washington (REUTERS / Evelyn Hockstein).

LEligible borrowers apply for loan relief. For some, the cancellation is automatic if the department has access to their income information, but others must fill out a form.

Current students will be eligible for relief only if they received the loan before July 1, 2022. Biden also proposes limiting borrowers’ monthly payments on undergraduate loans to 5% of their income.

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That’s according to a survey of 18-29-year-olds conducted by the Harvard Institute of Politics in March. 59% of the respondents wanted some form of loan cancellation for all borrowers or those who are most in need. Although student loans didn’t rank high among the issues that most worried that age group.

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