student debt

Six GOP-led states win national injunction against Biden student debt relief plan

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Monday issued a nationwide injunction indefinitely blocking the Biden administration’s student debt relief program in response to a challenge by six GOP-led states. The unanimous ruling by the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis came after the six states — Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina […]

Biden student debt relief plan thrown out by Texas judge; new applications halted

BY: - November 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Late Thursday a federal judge in Texas struck down the Biden administration’s student debt relief plan, ruling that the program is unlawful, in a blow to 16 million student debt borrowers already approved for relief. The U.S. Department of Education now is no longer accepting applications for the program, according to the student […]

Biden student debt forgiveness plan on temporary hold after appeals court ruling

BY: and - October 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from carrying out its student loan forgiveness plan, until the court makes a determination on a request for an injunction brought by six Republican-led states, according to multiple media reports. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is giving the Biden administration […]

The student debt relief application is live: Here’s what you need to know

BY: - October 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Monday that student loan borrowers can begin to apply for debt relief through a new online application. Biden said the application is easy and fast. It will allow every borrower with an income of $125,000 or less ($250,000 for married couples) to have up to $10,000 in debt forgiven, or $20,000 forgiven […]

U.S. education secretary urges boost in teacher pay, touts college debt relief

BY: - September 8, 2022

WASHINGTON — 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. Cardona also touted the Biden administration’s recent student debt relief announcement in late August. The White House said President Joe Biden […]

Biden administration resists Democrats’ pleas on student debt relief as deadline nears

BY: - December 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. The standoff is one of the more noticeable splits between President Joe Biden and members of his […]

Continued student loan debt pause could help many Ohioans

BY: - August 10, 2021

With Ohioans carrying millions of dollars in student loan debt, it may come as a relief to many that the U.S. Department of Education announced a “final” extension on pausing student loan repayment. The federal agency said the extension will last until Jan. 31, 2022, which President Joe Biden’s administration said is a “definitive end […]

Higher ed access, speech on campus bill moves on for House review

BY: - June 18, 2021

A bill seeking to address financial barriers and access to higher education, along with speech on campuses, is now headed for House review after the Ohio Senate passed it nearly unanimously. In a 31-2 vote, Senate Bill 135 cleared one chamber of the Ohio legislature, pressing forward new rules for student debt transparency and a […]

Ohio’s penalizing student debt collection a ‘barrier to students,’ advocates say

BY: - March 3, 2021

The debt owed to the state of Ohio through defaulted payments like student loans is nearly 12 times the amount the state invests in higher education over a two-year budget cycle. That $63 billion, confirmed by the collection agency for the state — the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, includes things other than student loan debt, […]

COMMENTARY

Fix Ohio’s punitive approach to student debt to help more Ohioans graduate

BY: and - February 11, 2021

Every Ohioan deserves the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams. For some that may mean a two- or four-year degree once they’re done with high school. For others, it could be a credential that opens the door to a better paying job. Higher education doesn’t only benefit those who graduate; better educated residents get better […]

COMMENTARY

Ohio’s punitive approach to debt collection a roadblock for students

BY: - March 9, 2020

Everyone benefits when students can pursue training and education beyond high school. Post-secondary education helps people become more engaged in their communities and get higher-paying jobs. Wisely, Ohio policymakers set an ambitious goal that by 2025, 65% of our state’s adult population will have a college degree, certificate or credential.  But Ohio law works against […]