Student loan borrowers gather near the White House to call for the cancelation of student
loan debt on May 12, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Credit - Paul Morigi
On Wednesday, President Biden announced his three-part student loan relief plan, delivering on his campaign promise to cancel $10,000
of federal student loan debt per person for low to middle-income borrowers.
Not only will borrowers who made less than $125,000 during the pandemic be eligible for $10,000
in forgiveness, but those who received Pell Grants in college are eligible to have $20,000 in debt forgiven.
The announcement also extended the pandemic-era student loan payment pause, for the seventh and final time, until Dec. 31.
The plan’s three broad prongs are to provide targeted debt relief in response to financial harm from the pandemic,
to make the student loan system more manageable for current and future students and to protect future students
and taxpayers by reducing the cost of college and holding schools accountable when they hike up prices.