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Biden Administration Announces $39 Billion Student Debt Cancellation

President Biden, despite facing a setback when the Supreme Court blocked his plan to cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student debt.


The Education Department of the United States, under President Joe Biden’s administration, has declared the cancellation of $39 billion in student debt for more than 804,000 borrowers. Described as a “fix” to income-driven repayment (IDR) plans, this relief aims to alleviate the financial burden on borrowers.

To be eligible for forgiveness, borrowers must have made either 20 or 25 years of monthly IDR payments, according to the Education Department. The IDR program sets a limit on payment requirements for individuals with lower incomes and forgives any remaining balance after a specified number of years.

The Education Department acknowledges that there were “historical inaccuracies” in the count of payments qualifying for forgiveness under IDR plans, and this relief seeks to address that issue. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona commented, “For far too long, borrowers fell through the cracks of a broken system that failed to keep accurate track of their progress towards forgiveness.”

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President Biden remains committed to providing student loan relief to Americans. In pursuit of this goal, the Education Department initiated a regulatory “rulemaking” process to implement Biden’s $430 billion loan relief plan. However, this process is expected to take several months.

The student debt relief announced on Friday is part of a separate initiative that the Biden administration introduced in April last year. While smaller in scale, this adjustment program focuses on rectifying payment counts. By cancelling $39 billion in student debt, the administration aims to offer immediate relief to borrowers who have faced challenges within the existing system.

As the impact of this debt cancellation spreads, over 800,000 borrowers will experience a significant reduction in their financial obligations. The relief is expected to provide relief and a fresh start to individuals burdened by the weight of student loans.


With the cancellation of a substantial amount of student debt, the Biden administration aims to address the longstanding issues and complexities associated with the education financing system. While more comprehensive measures are being pursued, this latest announcement reflects the administration’s commitment to easing the financial strain on borrowers.

As the country moves forward, it remains to be seen how these measures will reshape the landscape of student debt and higher education financing. The Biden administration’s ongoing efforts demonstrate a proactive approach to tackle the challenges faced by borrowers and pave the way for a more accessible and equitable education system.