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It’s not just graduates: Borrowers currently in college are eligible for Biden’s $10,000 in student loan forgiveness

August 24, 2022, 6:09 PM UTC
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Gen Z students are less open than previous generations to the idea of incurring massive debt to fund their education.
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College classrooms around the country are celebrating as President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that current students will be eligible for $10,000 in federal student loan debt forgiveness.  

Though specific details of the president’s broad loan forgiveness effort are not yet available, the White House said federal borrowers, including those currently attending school, will have up to $10,000 in debt forgiven if they meet certain income requirements.

Additionally, students who receive Federal Pell Grants as a part of their financial aid award will be eligible for up to $20,000 in relief. That aid is awarded to low to moderate-income students who show exceptional financial need.

Eligibility for students who are dependents will be based on their parents’ income. The eligibility cuts off at $125,000 in annual income for single parents and $250,000 for married couples and heads of household. For independent students, eligibility will be based on their own annual income during the pandemic. 

Nearly 8 million current borrowers may see loan relief automatically since “relevant income data is already available,” but an application will also be accessible “no later” than the end of the year for all other borrowers, according to the U.S. Department of Education. 

In addition to debt relief, Biden announced that the federal payment pause will be extended for one last time, through December 31, 2022. Federal borrowers have not had to make any payments on their student loans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As it stands, Biden has only announced that current students are included in the federal loan relief, so prospective students should remain patient as more details on eligibility surface.

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