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Education Secretary Cardona Vows Continued Support for Student Loan Holders Despite Recent Setback

In the wake of the Supreme Court's recent decision to strike down a government attempt to forgive millions of student loans, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona reaffirmed the Department's commitment to providing relief for existing borrowers. Addressing the concerns of struggling individuals, Mr. Cardona emphasized the need to find ways to make college loan payments more manageable.

"The goal is to be able to pay what you can afford. Right now, people are falling into default because the college loan payments are too high for their salaries," stated Mr. Cardona, acknowledging the financial hardships faced by many borrowers.

While disappointed by the Supreme Court's ruling, the Education Secretary clarified that any future decisions on student loan forgiveness would adhere to the Court's verdict. Despite the setback, he expressed determination to continue advocating for accessible higher education and fighting for the rights of borrowers.

The Supreme Court's June 30th decision in a 6-3 ruling struck down a student debt forgiveness plan proposed by the Biden administration. The plan aimed to eliminate up to $20,000 in debt for approximately 40 million borrowers, amounting to an estimated cost of $800 billion or more for the government.

In response to the Court's judgment, Mr. Cardona criticized the ruling, voicing his concern for students and families across the nation. However, in a bid to offer immediate relief, the Education Department introduced the "Saving on a Valuable Education" (SAVE) income-driven repayment plan, which Mr. Cardona touted as the "most affordable repayment plan in history."

Additionally, the Biden administration explored creating an alternative path to debt relief for student loan borrowers. This culminated in a $39 billion plan announced on July 14th, which would forgive outstanding loans for 804,000 borrowers who had made consistent loan repayments for 20 to 25 years or completed 240 to 300 monthly payments.

Despite the administration's efforts to alleviate student loan burdens, some critics expressed concerns over the financial implications. Journalist Eric Spracklen took to Twitter, arguing that the $39 billion loan forgiveness program added to America's national debt of over $32.5 trillion was unreasonable.

To further assess the financial feasibility of these initiatives, various projections were made. The Education Department estimated the cost of the SAVE Scheme to be around $138 billion over a decade. The Congressional Budget Office projected higher costs at approximately $230 billion, while the Foundation for Government Accountability placed it at $471 billion.

As of July 14th, the Biden administration had already approved more than $116.6 billion in student loan forgiveness for over 3.4 million borrowers, according to the Education Department. This indicates a proactive approach to address the pressing issue of student loan debt in the United States.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona's commitment to providing support and relief to student loan holders remains unwavering, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling. As the government seeks alternative solutions to alleviate the burden of student debt, the ongoing debate surrounding the cost and impact of these measures continues to shape the future of higher education accessibility in the country.


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