Biden Administration Cancels Additional $1.2 Billion in Student Loan Debt, Bringing Total to $138 Billion

Credits: The New York Times

The Biden administration took a significant step in its efforts to alleviate the burden of student loan debt on Americans by forgiving $1.2 billion in student debts for over 150,000 borrowers. This move is part of the administration’s broader strategy to assist individuals grappling with student loan repayments.

With this latest action, the total amount of student loan debt forgiven under President Biden’s tenure has reached nearly $138 billion, benefiting close to 3.9 million borrowers since he assumed office.

The decision to forgive student loans underscores the administration’s commitment to addressing the financial challenges faced by many Americans due to the rising costs of higher education.

Biden (Credits: Lehigh Valley Live)

Wednesday’s announcement marks a milestone in the implementation of the Saving on A Valuable Education (SAVE) plan, which aims to provide relief to student loan borrowers by shortening the repayment period.

Importantly, this announcement arrives six months ahead of the initially anticipated timeline, reflecting the administration’s proactive approach to tackling student loan debt.

The SAVE plan was launched by the Biden administration following the Supreme Court’s decision last year, which blocked the president’s original $400 billion student loan cancellation plan proposed in June.

Despite this setback, the administration has remained committed to exploring alternative avenues to address the student loan crisis, with the SAVE plan being one of several initiatives aimed at providing relief to borrowers burdened by student debt.

By expediting the implementation of the SAVE plan and forgiving a substantial amount of student loan debt, the Biden administration seeks to ease the financial strain on millions of Americans and pave the way for a more equitable and accessible higher education system.

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