Illinoisans react to Biden’s student debt relief
The Department of Education will provide up to $20,000 in relief for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for non-Pell Grant recipients following President Biden's announcement regarding student loan debt relief. The income cap is $125,000 for single borrowers and $250,000 for married couples. The loan repayment will resume January 2023.
What does this decision mean for the roughly 45 million Americans saddled with over $1.6 trillion in outstanding student loan debt? The 21st discussed this as well as how student loan debt forgiveness – and even cancellation – fits into frameworks for racial and gender justice.
Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History, Loyola University Chicago, author of Indentured Students: How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt
Janice Gassam Asare, Ph.D.
Anti-racist educator, DEI consultant, professor, and writer of Why Student Loan Debt Cancellation Is A Racial Justice Issue
Chicago-area Organizer, Debt Collective
Today, Pres. Biden announced the latest in efforts to address the student debt crisis – he will cancel $10K in debt for ppl earning < $125K, & up to $20K for Pell Grant recipients.— Throughline (@throughlineNPR) August 24, 2022
Wondering how this student debt crisis began? Check out this ep: https://t.co/G3PGrHncUA