Federal Education Secretary Urges People to Continue Applying for Student Debt Forgiveness

Federal Education Secretary Urges People To Continue Applying For Student Debt Forgiveness

Washington – The secretary of the Department of Education of the United States, Miguel Cardona, encouraged this Friday that those who meet the requirements for it continue requesting the cancellation of their student debt, despite the blockade dictated by an appeals court a few hours before.

“We continue to encourage working and middle class Americans to apply for student debt forgiveness online,” Cardona said in a statement, in which he assured that the Administration is going “at full speed” to be ready to proceed with the debt forgiveness.

The United States Justice temporarily blocked this Friday the cancellation of student debt decreed by the country’s president, Democrat Joe Biden, which was scheduled to become effective as of next week.

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An order issued by the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit blocked the remission until at least Monday, the time the government has to argue that the program should go ahead as planned.

Once the government presents its argument, the plaintiff (six states governed by the Republican Party) will have until Tuesday to present its counter argument.

Friday’s order is the result of an appeal filed by these six states (Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Carolina) after Judge Henry Autrey of the Eastern District Court of Missouri issued another order on Thursday. in which it considered that the plaintiffs are not a party harmed by the cancellation of the debt and therefore rejected their blocking request.

The states had sued the government and asked that the remission be blocked, considering that Biden had overstepped the limits with this decision and that he lacked the power to decree something like this unilaterally.

At the end of August, Biden announced that he will forgive part of the debt that millions of university students contracted with the federal government in order to pay for their studies, in a nod to the young vote with just over two months to go before the legislative elections.

The announcement came after months of internal debate within the government and student debt payments being halted in 2020 as a pandemic relief measure.

“Delivering on one of my campaign promises, my Administration is announcing a plan to give working and middle-class families some breathing room,” Biden said.

The president reported the cancellation of up to $10,000 of debt per student, but this measure will only benefit those who earn less than $125,000 a year or those who, being married, have an income of less than $250,000 a year.

In an attempt to help lower-income students, Biden also noted that $20,000 in debt incurred by recipients of Pell grants, which are enjoyed by a large number of low-income Hispanic and African-American students, will be canceled.

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