Biden’s initiative to reduce student loan debt is currently halted. What you should know is as follows.


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switch to caption Getty Images/Anna Moneymaker Getty Images/Anna Moneymaker President Biden’s plan to cancel student debt has been temporarily halted by a federal appeals court, which prevents any debt from being forgiven. However, the administration is urging applicants to keep sending in their materials.

Less than a week has passed since the application portal went live before the Friday evening decision. Nearly 22 million people have now registered, which is more than half of all eligible borrowers. On Sunday, the administration could have started processing applications and updating loan amounts.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated on a statement on Friday night that the order “does not alter the trial court’s dismissal of the case” or “indicate that the complaint has substance.” Until the court rules, it just prohibits debt from being canceled.

EDUCATION The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued the block and is currently debating a request to halt the program from six states with a Republican-led government. This lawsuit is one of many that have been filed to contest the program.

Earlier last week, Wisconsin taxpayer group’s same attempts were rebuffed by Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

HOW DID THE COURT CASE END? Six states, including South Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa, filed a lawsuit, claiming that the federal relief program will harm state-based loan companies that handle some federal loans themselves.

A federal judge dismissed the case earlier this week, claiming that it lacked standing. The group subsequently filed an appeal and requested that the program be temporarily suspended while the appeals court reviewed the case.

WHAT SHOULD THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET APPLIED DO CURRENTLY? application on is still accessible. The temporary injunction, according to Jean-Pierre, does not restrict borrowers from requesting relief, and she urged qualified borrowers to do so if they haven’t already.

What will happen to those who have already submitted a debt cancellation application? Jean-Pierre claims that the court’s ruling does not prevent the federal government from examining applications or creating paperwork for loan servicers.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said said, “We are pushing full speed ahead to be able to give assistance to borrowers.”

“Today’s temporary judgment does not stop the Biden Administration from encouraging borrowers to seek for debt relief, nor does it stop us from considering the millions of applications we have received,” he stated.

WHAT SPEED IS THE COURT BLOCK? In the next days, the court might either grant an injunction, prolonging the delay, or it could dismiss the complaint, allowing the program to continue.

A decision from the federal appeals court is anticipated as early as next week.
EDUCATION Sequoia Carrillo of NPR provided reporting assistance.

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