President Joe Biden Announces Student Debt Cancellation for 7,040 More Borrowers in Indiana

From the White House – April 12, 2024

New announcement brings debt cancellation to over 60,580 people in Indiana under Biden-Harris Administration

Today, President Biden announced that 277,000 more borrowers across the country will get their student debt canceled, including 7,040 more people in Indiana. Today’s announcement brings the total debt relief approved by the Biden-Harris Administration through various actions to nearly $153 billion in debt cancellation for 4.3 million Americans, including $2.7 billion for 60,580 people in Indiana. These state-specific figures do not include debt relief approved by the Biden-Harris Administration for 1.3 million borrowers who were cheated by their schools, saw their schools precipitously close, or were covered by related court settlements.

“Today, my Administration is canceling student debt for 277,000 more people, bringing the total number of Americans who have been approved for debt relief so far under my Administration to 4.3 million borrowers through various actions. These 277,000 borrowers are enrolled in my Administration’s SAVE Plan, or were approved for relief because of fixes we made to Income-Driven Repayment Plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness,” said President Biden. “From day one of my Administration, I promised to fight to ensure higher education is a ticket to the middle class, not a barrier to opportunity. I will never stop working to cancel student debt – no matter how many times Republican elected officials try to stop us.”

This latest round of debt cancellation comes on the heels of President Biden announcing new plans that, if implemented, would cancel student debt for over 30 million Americans across the country when combined with actions the Administration has taken over the last three years. This week’s announcements reinforce the President’s commitment to using every path available to deliver student debt relief to as many borrowers as possible through various actions.

The 7,040 borrowers in Indiana receiving this latest round of debt relief are borrowers enrolled in the SAVE Plan who took out low balances of loans, other borrowers who enrolled in Income-Driven Repayment plans but never got the relief they were entitled to because of past administrative failures, and borrowers who received Public Service Loan Forgiveness. The Biden-Harris Administration fixed Income-Driven Repayment and launched the SAVE Plan last year – the most affordable repayment plan ever. Already, nearly 8 million borrowers are enrolled in SAVE, including 165,600 borrowers in Indiana. The SAVE Plan caps undergraduate loan payments at 5% starting in July, prevents balances from growing from unpaid interest, and puts borrowers on a faster path to debt relief after at least ten years of payments if they took out low balances of loans. Borrowers should visit StudentAid.gov/SAVE to learn how to save money through the SAVE Plan.

Since President Biden took office, his Administration has approved over $54 billion in debt cancellation for 1.4 million borrowers enrolled in income-driven repayment plans, including the new SAVE Plan. This builds on additional actions the Biden-Harris Administration has taken to cancel debt for nearly 900,000 public service workers, 1.3 million borrowers cheated by their schools or borrowers covered by related court settlements, and nearly 550,000 borrowers with a total and permanent disability, including many veterans.

Student Debt Relief in Indiana:

  • The Biden-Harris Administration has approved $124 million in debt cancellation for 8,820 people in Indiana through SAVE early loan forgiveness.
  • The Biden-Harris Administration has approved $1.2 billion in debt cancellation for 24,110 people in Indiana through fixes to other Income-Driven Repayment plans.
  • The Biden-Harris Administration has approved $1.1 billion in debt cancellation for 16,070 public service workers in Indiana.
  • The Biden-Harris Administration has approved $311 million in debt cancellation for 11,580 people in Indiana with a total and permanent disability.
  • In total across SAVE, IDR, PSLF, and TPD, the Biden-Harris Administration has approved $2.7 billion in debt cancellation for 60,580 people in Indiana.

While the Administration continues to cancel Americans’ student debt through improving existing forgiveness programs and through the SAVE Plan, the Biden-Harris Administration is also pursuing new plans that, if implemented, would cancel student debt for tens of millions more. Earlier this week, the President announced his Administration’s alternative path to debt cancellation in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court decision. Learn more about these plans at StudentAid.gov/DebtRelief.

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