WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has announced his long-awaited plan to deliver on his campaign promise to provide $10,000 in student debt cancellation for millions of Americans — and up to $10,000 more for those with the greatest financial need.
Biden announced in a Wednesday tweet that borrowers who earn less than $125,000 a year, or families earning less than $250,000, would be eligible for the $10,000 loan forgiveness.
For recipients of Pell Grants, which are reserved for undergraduates with the most significant financial need, the federal government would cancel up to an additional $10,000 in federal loan debt.
Biden is also extending a pause on federal student loan payments through the end of 2022.
Biden also says a pause on student loan payments will be extended until Dec. 31. Interest rates will remain at 0% until repayments start.
Under an earlier extension announced in April, people who were behind on payments before the pandemic will automatically be put in good standing.