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Biden Administration Accelerates Student Loan Forgiveness Under SAVE Plan

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The Biden administration has expedited the timeline for forgiving student loan debts, moving up the implementation of the SAVE plan by almost six months. Originally set for July, the process will now commence next month. As part of this initiative, borrowers with federal student loans, amounting to $12,000 or less, and having been in repayment for at least a decade, will witness automatic debt erasure in February. The SAVE plan extends forgiveness timelines for each additional $1,000 of debt, breaking away from the conventional 20-year threshold. President Joe Biden expressed pride in the administration’s proactive approach to provide relief to borrowers, particularly benefiting community college attendees and low-income individuals.

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Automated Debt Cancellation for 3.6 Million Borrowers

The White House revealed that, through programs including SAVE, the administration has canceled debts for 3.6 million Americans. Eligibility requires enrollment in SAVE, encompassing both undergraduate and graduate students who initially borrowed less than $21,000.

Starting next month, borrowers meeting the criteria will be notified about debt cancellation without requiring further action. As of early January, 6.9 million borrowers had enrolled in the SAVE program.

President Biden emphasized that this move aims to support community college attendees, low-income individuals, and those grappling with loan repayment, aligning with the administration’s commitment to swiftly alleviate the burden of student loan debt.

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In a separate development, a private student loan company, Navient, agreed to a $16 million debt settlement following a lawsuit. Borrowers asserted that certain student loans should have been discharged upon filing for bankruptcy, resulting in financial damage. Eligible individuals who filed for bankruptcy protection after October 17, 2005, can claim between 20% and 100% of the damages.

An additional program offers a share of a $1 billion fund, with opportunities for $550 payments and guidance on claiming $500 in recurring monthly payments.

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