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President Biden will enable the present federal student loan freeze to run out on the finish of Jan. 2022, a lot to the dismay of progressives who had pushed his administration to maintain the pause in place.

At the onset of the pandemic, the federal authorities suspended necessary month-to-month funds on federal student loans on federal student loans and set rates of interest to zero. The CARES Act codified the pause into laws, and the administration prolonged the pause once more in August and December 2020.

Immediately upon taking workplace, the Biden administration prolonged the student loan pause once more. On Aug. 6, the Department of Education introduced that the pause can be prolonged a last time although the top of Jan. 2022.

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Progressives urged Biden to proceed the freeze previous the Jan. 31 expiration date. 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer despatched a letter earlier this month telling the President, “We strongly urge you to extend the pause on student loan payments, interest, and collections until the economy reaches pre-pandemic employment levels.” 

Sen. Raphael Warnock led a gaggle of Democratic lawmakers in sending one other letter, which implores Biden to maintain the pause in impact and to “automatically [rehabilitate] loans,” which means to get these loans out of default standing and again into good standing, with out requiring debtors who defaulted to submit an utility.

Advocacy teams have additionally pressured the President to maintain the pause in impact. Dozens of teams, together with the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen, and the People’s Parity Project, and the American Federation of Teachers, signed on to a letter asking to maintain the pause in place as solely considered one of a number of student loan reduction measures.

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Instead, the Biden administration plans to let the student loan freeze expire. In a press briefing on Dec. 9, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned, “A smooth transition back into repayment is a high priority for the administration….But [the freeze] expires February 1, so, right now, we’re just making a range of preparations.”

That assertion signifies that thousands and thousands of federal student loan debtors will probably be required to pay their month-to-month payments once more or face monetary penalty, and curiosity will start accruing on federal student loans for the primary time in practically two years.

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