The debate over student loan arrears continues

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are debating how to ease the historical level of student debt faced by millions of Americans.

Americans have amassed more than $ 1.7 trillion in student loans to about 43 million borrowers.

Democrats argue that President Biden could cancel a student loan debt without a decision from Congress. Republicans agree that rising spending is a problem, but there is legislation that prohibits the president from forgiving student loans.

Analysts say that even if the plan is adopted, it is likely to be a short-term solution.

“Forgiveness of a loan is a one-time event. It does not increase access to colleges and graduates and does not help prospective students,” said Mark Kantrovitz, a financial aid expert.

Polls show that most Americans are in favor of some type of loan forgiveness.

A decision on how President Biden plans to move forward is expected soon.


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