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On Biden’s loan plan, student loans forgiven for 1,600 CT borrowers

In a significant development concerning student loan borrowers, thousands of individuals across the country, including about 1,600 in Connecticut, are set to receive relief from their federal student loan debt under a new income-driven repayment plan. This initiative is part of President Joe Biden’s efforts to address the challenges of student loan debt, offering assistance through incremental steps following setbacks with broader forgiveness plans.

Originally planned for the summer, the loan forgiveness process under the Biden administration’s Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) Plan has been accelerated to late February. Eligible borrowers in Connecticut stand to benefit from the forgiveness of $13.7 million in student loan balances, with the potential for more qualifiers in the near future.

Borrowers have begun receiving communications from President Biden and notifications from their loan servicers regarding the debt cancellation process. The SAVE Plan, launched last summer, has attracted over 7.5 million enrollments, with more than half of participants exempt from monthly payments if their annual income is below $32,800.

According to the plan’s criteria, borrowers who borrowed $12,000 or less for college and have made payments for at least 10 years may qualify for loan discharge. Further adjustments to the program are expected in July, including a reduction in the monthly payment to 5% of discretionary income.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona emphasized the administration’s dedication to providing relief to borrowers and expanding access to higher education. President Biden’s efforts to address student loan debt have included executive actions and programs like the SAVE Plan, particularly following legal challenges with broader forgiveness initiatives.

Despite facing hurdles, the administration remains committed to alleviating the burden of student debt, recognizing its impact on individuals and the broader economy. This development marks progress in addressing the pressing issue of student loan debt and its implications for borrowers nationwide.

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