Back in March, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it was canceling $1 billion of student loans for 72,000 students who previously had some of their loans canceled. The Biden administration says the Trump administration used an unfair formula to cancel student loans by only creating partial forgiveness. Miguel Cardona, the U.S. Secretary of Education, replaced the past formula for student loan cancellation in cases of fraud with a new measure that will give “a streamlined path” so borrowers can get full student loan cancellation.
“Borrowers deserve a simplified and fair path to relief when they have been harmed by their institution’s misconduct,” Cardona said. “A close review of these claims and the associated evidence showed these borrowers have been harmed, and we will grant them a fresh start from their debt.”
Biden then canceled another $1.3 billion in student loans, which benefitted 41,000 borrowers with total and permanent disabilities. He also did not force 190,000 student loan borrowers with disabilities to show documentation of their income.
Most recently, the president canceled $500 million of student loan debt for 18,000 former ITT Tech students who were defrauded by the Trump administration. ITT Tech shut down after the government pulled its federal funding. The school misled students about their ability to transfer credits and about how much they would earn after graduation.
Americans currently owe over $1.7 trillion in student loans, according to CNBC. While the Democrats are pushing for Biden to forgive $50,000 in student loan debt for all borrowers, he said that he will only support up to $10,000 of debt forgiveness and would rather Congress create the legislation. He also wants the Department of Education and the Justice Department to create a memo about the use of executive power to eliminate student loans.