Many people criticized the program as difficult to navigate and some said they found out they weren’t eligible for forgiveness only after making what they thought were a decade’s worth of qualifying payments
. Only borrowers with specific kinds of federal loans and enrolled in certain repayment programs were eligible
How the PSLF waiver works
L'anno scorso, the Biden administration temporarily expanded eligibility through October 31, 2022, so the program now includes borrowers who had loans that didn’t originally qualify.
Due to the temporary waiver, it no longer matters what kind of federal student loans borrowers have or what repayment plans they are enrolled in. All payments will be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program if the borrower was working full time for a qualifying employer.
In precedenza, eligibility also hinged on having a federal Direct Loan and being enrolled in an income-driven repayment plan, which sets payments based on income and family size. Those with Federal Family Education Loans, which were made by private lenders but backed by the government, did not qualify.
Many borrowers don’t have to take any action in order to have the Department of Education review and update the number of their qualifying payments.
But those currently with older Federal Family Education Loans will have to consolidate them into Direct Loans by October 31. Payments made before consolidation will now count toward receiving relief.
Those who already have Direct Loans but have not submitted employment certification forms for past periods of repayment must also do that before October 31.
Biden is considering broader student loan forgiveness
President Joe Biden said in April that he is considering using his executive authority to cancel student loan debt more broadly
. He’s been facing pressure from other Democrats for months to cancel
$ 50,000 per borrower
Biden has said that if he takes action to broadly cancel federal student loan debt, it would be for an amount smaller than $ 50,000 per borrower.
Sul sentiero della campagna, Biden said he would support $ 10,000 in forgiveness. White House officials have indicated that the President is also looking at setting an income threshold so that high-earning borrowers would be excluded from the debt relief.
The decision is expected to come before August
31, when the pandemic-related pause on federal student loan payments is set to end
While broad student loan debt cancellation could deliver financial relief to millions of Americans
, the implications of such a significant policy move are complicated
. On its own
, the action would do nothing to bring down the cost of college for future borrowers or help those who have already paid for their degrees