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Students walk across the Arizona State University campus in Tempe on Aug. 24, 2022. According to a report from the Student Borrower Protection Center, 90% of Black and 72% of Latinx students take out loans to attend college, compared with 66% of white students.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than 800,000 Arizonans have federal student loan debt. By canceling it, advocates say, Black and Latino incomes could increase and help reduce the racial wealth gap. Read more»

Since Biden’s highly anticipated August announcement, legal challenges have tried to put the kibosh on the program.

President Joe Biden brought another emergency application to the Supreme Court, fighting to unpack lower court roadblocks that are standing in the way of his student loan forgiveness plan.  Read more»

Among numerous legal challenges, Biden has faced suits to stop his plan from taxpayers in Wisconsin and a group of student loan borrowers.

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to take up a legal battle between red states and President Joe Biden over debt forgiveness for student loan borrowers - keeping the program on pause - and will instead hear a full briefing on the case in February.  Read more»

The Trump administration implemented the pause on student loan repayments due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Biden administration has extended it multiple times.  

The Department of Education announced it is extending the pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments until June 30 while legal challenges to the administration’s student debt relief program are fought over in the courts. Read more»

Last month, the St. Louis-based Eighth Circuit issued an administrative stay blocking the student loan forgiveness plan pending the states' appeal.

The Eighth Circuit placed a preliminary injunction on the Biden administration's student debt relief plan Monday, the latest development in a case brought by six states that oppose forgiving federal student loan debt. Read more»

Republicans and other advocacy groups have attacked the program as a handout to high-salaried professionals - but people who earn over $125,000 are not eligible for the loan relief program.

A federal judge in North Texas ruled on Thursday that President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program is “unlawful,” the latest challenge to the policy that has seen several attacks from conservative groups. Read more»

Arizona is one of only six states which bars undocumented students from in-state tuition.

The fate of a ballot measure that would help undocumented students who graduate from Arizona high schools afford college remained unclear after ballots counted Wednesday left it with 51% in support and 49% opposed. Read more»

Biden’s plan would grant between $10,000 and $20,000 of student loan relief to qualified borrowers.

A federal judge dismissed a bid - on the same day the Supreme Court rejected a similar attempt to block the plan - by several Republican states to block President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan, finding the states lacked standing. Read more»

In August, Biden announced he would fulfill a key campaign promise by forgiving up to $20,000 of student loan debt for certain borrowers.

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett rejected an attempt to temporarily block President Joe Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness plan, denying the application without asking for any additional briefing from the Biden administration or referring the case to the full court. Read more»

Biden plans to forgive up to $20,000 for certain borrowers, using the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students Act of 2003 as justification.

A conservative law firm appealed to the Supreme Court to halt President Joe Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness plan, arguing the plan falls under the major questions doctrine, which set the stage for the court's controversial ruling last term curbing the regulatory authority of the EPA. Read more»

The White House estimated that 43 million borrowers would qualify for some relief.

President Joe Biden announced Monday that student loan borrowers can begin to apply for debt relief through a new online application - and those who qualify have until December 31, 2023, to fill out the application. Read more»

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its findings about the Biden plan, concluding it would reduce federal revenues by $400 billion over the next 30 years.

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to block the Biden administration’s student loan debt forgiveness plan - marking the first significant legal challenge to the policy - by claiming financial harm in the form of a tax liability, though individual borrowers can choose to opt-out of the plan. Read more»

The head of the U.S. Department of Education said Wednesday that America is reaching a teacher pay crisis.

Amid K-12 teacher shortages, book bans and attacks over critical race theory, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona at a meeting with reporters on Wednesday stressed the need for higher salaries to attract prospective educators to the profession. Read more»

It’s unclear whether this particular act of debt forgiveness would survive an expected court challenge.

The White House plan to cancel thousands of dollars in federal student loan debt has raised many questions, including political claims about whom the plan benefits most, how it may impact inflation and whether Biden has the authority to cancel student loan debt. Read more»

A new Biden administration plan would forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt for people making up to $75,000, a plan that conservatives say goes too far and progressives say does not go far enough.

There are nearly 900,000 Arizonans who could benefit from the Biden administration’s plan for student debt forgiveness – and almost as many opinions about whether or not the plan is worthwhile. Read more»

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