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The US Department of Education has “fully approved” more than 16 million people for federal student waivers and sent their requests to employers, the Biden administration announced.
The administration shared a state-by-state breakdown Friday of the number of borrowers who applied and were approved for its debt relief program, which is on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision. .
In August, President Joe Biden hearing he will forgive as little as $10,000, and up to $20,000, for tens of millions of federal student loans.
Within months, however, Republicans and conservative groups brought at least six legal challenges against the plan. The Biden administration in November was supposed to close its student loan forgiveness portal after a federal judge in Texas struck down his plan.
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However, more than 26 million people applied for relief while the application was open or were automatically declared eligible, according to the administration.
More than 1 million borrowers have been approved and submitted their information to loan servicers in several states, including Florida and Texas.
“These borrowers could benefit from the Administration’s program now if it weren’t for the lawsuits brought by elected officials and special interests,” said a White House press release.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the president’s plan February 28.
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