With the U.S. student loan cost pause set to finish after September, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) continues to push for student loan forgiveness as a treatment to a doubtlessly disastrous situation.
If the cost pause is lifted with out cancellation in October, “we are facing a student loan time bomb that when it explodes could throw millions of families over a financial cliff,” Warren stated throughout a city corridor hosted by the American Federation of Teachers on Tuesday night time.
“The average borrower is going to have to start repaying nearly $400 a month to the government, instead of spending that money in our economy,” she added. “Student borrowers are at risk of being thrown into an extraordinary financial hardship. When the pause on student loan payments interest ends on September 30, people aren’t going to know how much they owe. They’re going to miss deadlines suddenly. They’re going to be delinquent. They’re going to owe penalties on this.”
Federally-backed student loan funds have been paused since March 2020, and President Biden prolonged the pause by way of to a minimum of September 30 upon taking workplace.
‘The time is now’
Student loan balances elevated by $29 billion to $1.58 trillion within the first quarter, in keeping with the New York Fed.
At the identical time, solely 6.2% of student loans have been in severe delinquency or default within the first quarter of 2021 because of the cost pause and debt assortment moratorium.
That beautiful drop could possibly be reversed, Warren argued, if funds have been restarted with out adequate borrower training and widespread cancellation.
“So the time is now, let’s get this resolved right now,” Warren stated. “We need to cancel $50,000 of debt today that will wipe out all of the student loan debt for 84% of the people out there, and then we can concentrate on the remaining 16%. We need to do it now before there’s a spike in defaults once these loans are turned back. So, that’s part of the reason the urgency of this moment.”
The Washington Post reported final week that White House officers should not together with student debt cancellation of their upcoming finances proposal.
In March, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain advised Politico that President Biden had requested Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to compile a memo on whether or not the president has the authorized authority to forgive $50,000 in student loan debt by way of government order. The Education Department has not responded to requests for touch upon the memo.
“Canceling $50,000 in student loan debt would be the single most effective executive action that President Biden could take to provide massive consumer-driven stimulus for our economy and to advance real racial justice throughout our nation,” Warren stated. “Data from the Department of Education reveals that if we canceled $50,000 of student loan debt, 84% of borrowers — that’s 36 million people — would have their student loans completely wiped out.”
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