President Biden announced the following three-part plan to address student loan debt
September 1, 2022
May provide federal student loan borrowers with debt relief
- Final extension of student loan repayment/interest pause as part of The CARES Act.
- Repayment and interest accrual will resume on JANUARY 1, 2023.
- Targets debt relief to low- and middle-income borrowers.
- Up to $10,000 in debt cancellation for federal loans first disbursed prior to 7/1/22 ($20,000 if you were a Pell Grant recipient as an undergraduate) if AGI was less than $125,000 in 2020/2021 ($250,000 if joint tax return) – may need to apply for benefit – stay tuned for more information.
- Creates a new, more affordable Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plan.
- Payments will be based on 5% of discretionary income for UG loans; 10% of discretionary income on graduate/professional loans (proportionate if you have combination of UG and Grad loans).
- Increases poverty guideline threshold from 150% to 225% when calculating “discretionary income.”
- Forgiveness will be reduced from 20 years to 10 years if loan balance is $12,000 or less.
- Monthly accrued interest that is not paid by the IDR payment will be paid by ED)