8th Circuit Blocks Student Debt Relief Program Nationwide
Litigation
8th Circuit Blocks Student Debt Relief Program Nationwide
2022-11-14 19:49:33
by Dan McCue

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a nationwide injunction Monday temporarily barring the Biden administration from moving forward with its student loan debt relief program. In August, President Joe Biden had rolled out a... Read More

Here’s How You Can Apply for Student Loan Forgiveness
Education
Here's How You Can Apply for Student Loan Forgiveness

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday officially kicked off the application process for his student debt cancellation program, opening the door for millions of Americans to apply for up to $20,000 in forgiveness. The Biden administration touts it as a... Read More

Ed Dept. Announces Student Loan Forgiveness Has Surpassed $10B
Education
Ed Dept. Announces Student Loan Forgiveness Has Surpassed $10B
2022-08-23 21:55:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — With the White House reportedly poised to announce plans to cancel a significant amount of student debt on Wednesday, the Education Department revealed it has approved more than $1 billion in student debt relief through its public service... Read More

More Flexibility Proposed for Student Debt Forgiveness
In The News
More Flexibility Proposed for Student Debt Forgiveness

New rules proposed by the Biden administration on Wednesday would make it easier for borrowers to get their federal student debt forgiven through several existing programs. The action is intended to overhaul relief programs that have been criticized for their... Read More

Ed Department to Fix Student Loan Program ‘Failures’
Education
Ed Department to Fix Student Loan Program ‘Failures’
2022-04-19 20:30:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Education Department on Tuesday began taking steps it says will bring thousands of borrowers closer to forgiveness of their debts while making additional changes that will result in the immediate debt cancellation for at least 40,000... Read More

Merkley, Hassan Propose New Student Loan Repayment Plans
Education
Merkley, Hassan Propose New Student Loan Repayment Plans
2022-03-31 16:19:37
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., on Wednesday unveiled legislation that introduces new income-based repayment plans for all federal student loan borrowers. The bill, entitled the Affordable Loans for Any Student Act of 2022, presents new... Read More

White House Extends Student Loan Repayment Freeze
Education
White House Extends Student Loan Repayment Freeze
2021-12-22 19:36:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday extended a freeze on student loan repayments to May 1. Borrowers’ payments were to resume in February. The so-called administrative forbearance was initially put in place as part of the CARES Act in... Read More

Student Loan Repayment Pause Extended Through January 2022
Education
Student Loan Repayment Pause Extended Through January 2022
2021-08-06 20:42:10
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Department of Education has extended the pandemic-related pause on student loan repayment, interest and collections until Jan. 31, 2022. Officials said they believe the additional time and the definitive end date will allow borrowers to plan for... Read More

Is Income-Driven Repayment Contributing to Federal Student Loan Payment Problems?
Think Tanks
Is Income-Driven Repayment Contributing to Federal Student Loan Payment Problems?
2021-05-14 18:32:35
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Student loan forgiveness has been a topic of conversation as the Biden administration continues to consider proposals for alleviating student loan debt, but in the absence of any news on that front, borrowers are starting to get worried... Read More

Biden Directs DoED to Pause Federal Student Loan Payments Until September
Education
Biden Directs DoED to Pause Federal Student Loan Payments Until September
2021-01-21 20:52:09
by Sara Wilkerson

President Joe Biden has directed the Department of Education to extend its pause on federal student loan payments and collections until September 30, 2021.  The directive was part of a series of executive orders that the newly sworn in president... Read More

Student Advocates Sue Education Dept. for Wage Garnishments in Loan Defaults
Education
Student Advocates Sue Education Dept. for Wage Garnishments in Loan Defaults
2020-05-04 13:07:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Higher education advocacy groups are suing the U.S. Education Department for continuing to garnish the wages of persons who default on student loan payments during the coronavirus epidemic. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced March 25 her department would... Read More

House Overturns DeVos Barrier to Student Loan Forgiveness in Bipartisan Vote
Education
House Overturns DeVos Barrier to Student Loan Forgiveness in Bipartisan Vote
2020-01-17 17:05:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted Thursday to overturn regulations introduced by Education Secretary Betsy Devos that critics contend made it more difficult for students to have their loans forgiven in the event a college made misleading or false claims. The... Read More

Reps. Lee, DeLauro Fight to Defend Students Against Predatory Loans
Education
Reps. Lee, DeLauro Fight to Defend Students Against Predatory Loans
2019-07-16 21:43:06
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - Representatives Susie Lee, D-Nev., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., have added their names to the growing list of members of Congress who are pushing bills that tackle predatory student loan practices. Reps. Lee and DeLauro have introduced a new... Read More

Clyburn, Warren Want to Cancel Student Loan Debts for Nearly 42 Million Americans
Education
Clyburn, Warren Want to Cancel Student Loan Debts for Nearly 42 Million Americans
2019-06-14 14:40:17
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said this week they plan to introduce legislation to cancel student loan debt for nearly 42 million borrowers. “For far too many students and families, the cost... Read More

House Panel Hears Tales of Student Loan Woes From State Regulators
In The News
House Panel Hears Tales of Student Loan Woes From State Regulators
2019-06-13 16:51:35
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - State officials told the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Tuesday that questionable practices by the servicers of student loans are saddling a generation with enormous debt that if left unchecked could stifle economic growth across the nation.... Read More

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