President Biden’s student relief plan has come to a temporary halt. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a request made by multiple Republican state officials to briefly put the program on hold while the court decides on the future of the program.
We spoke to students at Temple to see how they felt about the program. Many students voiced their frustration with the cost of tuition for college in America.
Sophomore student Anne Urquhart said “Well, I think college should be free in the first place. I think that loans are really important. Yeah, the program should continue. You need a degree to like anything.”
Mark Roberts, Senior, said, “I feel like the plan is definitely gonna help so many students. I feel like it’s just gonna really let them after college build up wealth that they normally wouldn’t be able to build up.”
In an interview with Temple University Economics Professor William Newman, we learned more about the potential economic and societal effects of Biden’s student debt program. “Colleges have been under a lot of pressure to keep tuition down,” said Newman. “Well, this sort of reduces some. It doesn’t eliminate it, but it reduces some of that pressure to cut tuition. So now you might see tuition starts to creep up more than it would have without this plan.”
Until the court comes to a resolution, this appeal will inhibit the debt from being discharged. The Biden administration advises students to continue applying for debt relief despite the ongoing disputes.
It has disclosed that twenty-two million applications have been submitted so far. To apply for student debt relief visit www.studentaid.gov by December 31, 2022. According to the website, those who have already applied will not need to reapply.