The application for student loan relief is scheduled to open in about two months. Here’s what you need to know beforehand.
WASHINGTON — It has been a week since President Joe Biden announced his long-awaited student loan forgiveness plan, which promised to pay off the debt of millions of Americans in college.
After the news, many flocked to their accounts to see how they could apply for the loan forgiveness program, but couldn’t. On Tuesday, the latest White House briefing revealed a set date for the bids to go live in about two months.
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Bharat Ramamurti, deputy director of the National Economic Council, said Tuesday applications are expected to be accepted in mid-October. Borrowers should expect loan adjustments as early as four to six weeks after completing the application.
Ramamurti suggested that those who want credit relief should apply by around November 15 to see an adjusted amount before the payment pause ends on December 31.
This does not mean that the Ministry of Education will not continue to process the applications even after the break has ended. Credit facilities will be offered to those eligible by December 31, 2023.
Borrowers anxious to apply for student loan waivers should get on their way StudentAid.gov and sign up with an email address notified when applications are opened.
Some do not have to go through the process of applying for student aid. About 8 million borrowers will see their loans adjusted automatically because the Department of Education has their information on file.
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Just days before the payment pause extension expired, President Joe Biden announced his plan to forgive student loans.
The Biden administration is making good on a campaign promise to address student debt for millions of Americans. With his plan, the government will pay off up to $10,000 in state student loan debt for those earning less than $125,000 a year or households earning less than $250,000.
The plan also cancels an additional $10,000 for those who received state Pell grants to attend college.
“Our estimate is that the debt relief proposal will reduce average annual student loan program revenue by about $24 billion per year over the next 10 years,” Ramamurti said Tuesday.
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Pell grantees, who receive $20,000 in student debt relief if they meet income requirements, account for more than 60% of student loan borrowers, according to the White House. The Department of Education estimates that approximately 27 million Pell Grant borrowers will be eligible for up to $20,000 in student debt relief.
are Pell Grants usually given to undergraduate students who “exhibit exceptional financial need”. Unlike loans, Pell Grants do not have to be repaid except under certain circumstances.
The amount a borrower receives through a state Pell grant is based on their expected family contribution, the cost of attending their school, full- or part-time student status, and intention to attend school for a full school year or less. Pell Grant amounts change annually and the maximum award for the 2022-2023 school year is $6,895.
A borrower’s school can apply Pell Grant funds directly to its expenses, pay the borrower directly, or combine those methods, the Department of Education said.
Borrowers who paid between March 13, 2020 and August 23, 2022 and now owe less than the $10,000 to $20,000 threshold may request a refund of the full forgiven amount.
Any amount paid after August 24, 2022 that brings a borrower below the threshold will be automatically refunded without the borrower’s request.
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Parent PLUS loans, given to parents of dependent students, are designed to complement other financial assistance offerings. Those borrowers are eligible for student loan forgiveness, senior Biden administration officials told VERIFY reporters.
Parents with these loans and students are each eligible for debt relief, the Department of Education confirmed in an email to VERIFY.
“If both the student and parent received a Federal Pell Grant, each person would be eligible to receive the additional $10,000 in debt relief,” the department added.
In addition, according to experts, federal graduate loans are also foregone if the loans are held by the Department of Education.
“We have confirmed that graduate student borrowers will be included in this cancellation,” said Jessica Thompson, vice president at the Institute for College Access and Success. “So again: same income limits, same amounts.”
However, private student loans are not forgivable.
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People don’t pay federal taxes on student loan forgiveness, but states may choose to tax federal government-borrowed funds as income.
That American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 was passed in March 2021 as part of a COVID-19 relief package that stipulated that all debt forgiven from December 21, 2020 to January 1, 2026 would not count as income.
This means eligible borrowers will not have to pay federal taxes on student loan forgiveness until December 31, 2025, Andrew Lautz, director of federal policy for the National Taxpayers Union Foundation, told VERIFY.
States that tax revenues could theoretically charge borrowers state income tax forgiveness, but some have already agreed to exempt student loan forgiveness from taxation.
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