Student loan plan affects 2.43 million Floridians
Nearly 2.43 million people in Florida are eligible for reductions or elimination of student-loan debt under a plan announced last month by President Joe Biden, according to numbers released Tuesday by the White House.
The total includes more than 1.7 million Pell Grant recipients in Florida. Overall, 38.5 million borrowers across the country are eligible, according to the White House.
Under temporary changes made by the Biden-Harris Administration to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, it’s easier than ever for public servants – including veterans and servicemembers – to get loan forgiveness.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) September 21, 2022
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While Biden has touted the plan, many Republicans, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, have criticized it. During an Aug. 25 appearance, DeSantis criticized the plan as being “unfair” to people who paid off loans and people who “took other pathways in life that didn't require them to take out a lot of loans.”
Biden’s plan would forgive up to $20,000 in loans for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for other borrowers. The White House said nearly 90% of the money would benefit people who earn less than $75,000 a year and none would go to people or households in the top 5 percent of U.S. incomes.