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New developments are underway for millions of student loan borrowers.

No matter what side of the student loan forgiveness fence you’re on, here’s some info that you may want to know:

The Biden administration is proposing a significant relief plan targeting those burdened by accrued or capitalized interest, according to Forbes. This initiative, if enactedcould provide a lifeline for many who have seen their loan balances balloon over time due to interest accumulation. 

Here’s what you need to know:

The Problem for millions of borrowers is ballooning Student Loan Balances.

Many borrowers have experienced substantial increases in their loan balances, even while making regular payments. This is primarily due to:

1. Unsubsidized Loans: Most federal student loans are unsubsidized, meaning interest accrues during school enrollment and grace periods.
2. Repayment Plans: Graduated and income-driven repayment plans often leave borrowers with growing balances as payments may not cover accruing interest.
3. Deferment and Forbearance: These programs, intended to provide temporary relief, can lead to significant interest accrual.
4. Interest Capitalization: Events like stopping forbearance or changing repayment plans can cause accrued interest to capitalize, leading to compounded debt growth.

The proposed solution:

The plan offers substantial relief:

  • General Forgiveness: Up to $20,000 in forgiveness for borrowers with accrued or capitalized interest since entering repayment.
  • Income-Based Forgiveness: Complete forgiveness of accrued or capitalized interest for those earning $120,000 or less (or $240,000 for married couples filing jointly) and enrolled in an Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plan like the new SAVE plan.
  • Eligibility: Single borrowers, heads of households, and married couples filing jointly with specified income limits.

If you’re affected by accrued or capitalized interest, this proposed relief could significantly reduce your financial burden. Keep an eye on updates and be prepared to take action if applications are required.

If you need assistance staying informed and managing your debt strategically, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. A proactive financial mindset is key to success.