The Balance Today: News You Need To Know on Aug. 24, 2022

Proposed loan forgiveness plan could wipe out student debt for millions

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Are you one of the more than 43 million Americans with student loan debt? If you are, there might be some good news coming today. President Biden is expected to make an announcement today about the pause on student loan repayments (currently set to expire next week) and will grant student loan forgiveness to some borrowers.

It is being reported that the White House will erase $10,000 of debt for borrowers who earn up to $125,000. It is also anticipated that the President will extend the repayment pause through the end of the year. 

So, what’s the effect of a policy such as this? Granting student debt forgiveness could have a wide-ranging impact. Over the past two years, the pause of repaying student loans has freed many Americans to chip away at other debt, or even buy homes. That’s why for many Americans, canceling student loan debt could be a shot at a more financially secure future. 

But some studies show that erasing student loan debt (even for just some of us) could also marginally raise inflation as more and more adults have more money in their pockets to make other purchases. 

And while granting student debt forgiveness will be good news for the millions of Americans struggling under the burden of student loan debt, it won’t tackle the problem of skyrocketing college tuition, which according to research done by Georgetown University, has ballooned 169% since 1980.Wages, in contrast, have only risen about 9% in roughly that same time period.

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  1. Education Data Initiative. "How Many People Have Student Loans?"

  2. The Wall Street Journal. "Biden to Announce Student Loan Forgiveness Plan."

  3. Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. "Cancelling Student Debt Would Add to Inflation."

  4. Georgetown University. "If Not Now, When?." Page 25.

  5. Congressional Research Service. "Real Wage Trends, 1979 to 2019," Page10.

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