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27 May 22
10k's a brewin'

"White House officials are currently planning to cancel $10,000 in student debt per borrower, after months of internal deliberations over how to structure loan forgiveness for tens of millions of Americans, three people with knowledge of the matter said.

"The White House’s latest plans called for limiting debt forgiveness to Americans who earned less than $150,000 in the previous year, or less than $300,000 for married couples filing jointly, two of the people said. It was unclear whether the administration will simultaneously require interest and payments to resume at the end of August, when the current pause is scheduled to lapse."

28 Apr 22
Biden is "taking a hard look" into forgiving some federal student loan debt

In a shift in communications, Biden now seems willing to forgive $10,000 of federal debt but not the $50,000 being asked by many leaders. We'll know more in the "next couple of weeks." 

5 Apr 22
Another Extension

Perhaps somewhat predictably, another extension of the federal student loan interest holiday has occurred. Bloomberg got the news first – the administration is planning on pushing the May 1 deadline to August 31. Enjoy a little sigh of simultaneous relief and frustration as they continue to kick a can down the road. 

4 Mar 22
Renewed Talk of Biden's Power

“The president is going to look at what we should do on student debt before the pause expires, or he’ll extend the pause,” says White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. He also said the White House would decide on whether to use executive action to cancel student debt “before the payments resume.” 

Politico notes "Klain’s remarks are the clearest public comments from any Biden administration official in recent weeks indicating that the Education Department may further extend the freeze on federal student loan payments and interest."

22 Dec 21
So much for that "final" extension; the new date is May 1, 2022

It's a Christmas miracle! The 0% and pause on payments has been extended once again – this time to May 1, 2022. 

Previously, the Biden administration said that the January 31 deadline would be their final extension; Omicron had other plans though. Time to blast "Never Say Never" and go enjoy the holidays. 

6 Aug 21
0% Interest extended for the last time till January 2022

The Department of Education announced the "final extension of the pause on student loan repayment, interest, and collections until January 31, 2022."

21 May 21
Student Loan Forgiveness Not Part of Biden’s Budget

Biden’s annual budget proposal, set to be released on May 27, 2021, will not cancel any student loan debt. Biden is still pushing for legislation that cancels student debt, but he has no intent to pursue this through an executive order. 

Since student loan forgiveness was also not part of Biden’s infrastructure and stimulus packages, it appears that Congress will have to be the one to pick up this cause. 

12 Mar 21
Stimulus Passes Without Loan Forgiveness

Biden's massive stimulus legislation has passed, but what does that mean for you? 

Well, there's no student loan forgiveness in the bill, so that 10-50k idea still has an unknown status. The administration says they'll push Congress to pass separate legislation regarding this, so it's not dead in the water, it's just still nonexistent. 

No update to 0% interest either, which is still set to end Sept. 30, 2021. 

Other noteworthy mentions of this bill? Student loan forgiveness is now exempted from taxation, and dependents left out of the first two rounds of checks are now eligible. That means that if your parents claimed you as a dependent on a tax return, you might be getting up to $1,400. 

17 Feb 21
Biden will ask DoJ to review legal authority for cancelling 10k

Biden and his team have repeatedly pushed back on Schumer's calls for 50k, and now says that any forgiveness above 10k should be based on borrower’s income and the kind of debt in question.

“Once his team is in place at the Justice Department ... he will ask them to conduct a legal review of his authority to act by executive action in conjunction with a policy review from his Domestic Policy Council on how executive action debt relief, if any, should be targeted,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. 

No change has occurred yet. 

4 Feb 21
Democrats Re-Introduce Resolution to Cancel 50k of Student Debt

Schumer is again calling for President Biden to cancel $50,000 of federal student debt per borrower. As a reminder, Biden's team has previously said they wouldn't use executive action and encouraged Congress to pass a bill instead. No real change is happening with this announcement. 

21 Jan 21
Interest Pause Extended Until Sep 30, 2021

"At the request of President Biden, the Acting Secretary of Education will extend the pause on federal student loan payments and collections and keep the interest rate at 0%."

8 Jan 21
Biden’s Team Reiterates Support for 10k Forgiveness Plan

The President Elect’s transition team said they wouldn’t use a quick executive order, but rather support congressional action to forgive $10,000 of federal student loan debt per borrower. That means we might be waiting a while longer. 

23 Dec 20
Biden Says He’s Unlikely To Cancel 50k of Federal Loan Debt

The President Elect told the Washington Post “I’m going to get in trouble for saying this . . . for example, it’s arguable that the president may have the executive power to forgive up to $50,000 in student debt… Well, I think that’s pretty questionable. I’m unsure of that. I’d be unlikely to do that.”

4 Dec 20
DeVos Extends 0% Interest on Federal Student Loans

The Secretary of Education has extended the relief measures including no interest on federal loans until January 31, 2021.

22 Sep 20
Schumer Proposes Cancellation of 50k of Federal Student Loan Debt per Borrower

Senator Schumer submitted S.Res.711: 

“This resolution calls on the President to take executive action to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers. Further, it encourages the President to (1) ensure that borrowers have no tax liability from the debt cancellation, (2) ensure that the debt cancellation helps close racial wealth gaps, and (3) pause student loan payments and interest accumulation on federal student loans for the duration of the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic.”

8 Aug 20
Trump Extends 0% Interest on Federal Student Loans

Through an executive memorandum, President Trump has extended the interest holiday, along with the other aforementioned provisions, until the end of 2020. 

27 Mar 20
0% Interest on Federal Student Loans

With the passage of the CARES Act, federal student loans are no longer accruing interest. The act suspended loan payments, stopped collections on defaulted loans and set interest rates to 0% for several months. It has since been extended. 

22 Mar 20
Biden Proposes Cancelling 10k of Federal Student Debt per Borrower

Biden tweeted “we should forgive a minimum of $10,000/person of federal student loans, as proposed by Senator Warren and colleagues. Young people and other student debt holders bore the brunt of the last crisis. It shouldn't happen again.”