Biden administration rolls out student loan forgiveness application beta website
The Biden administration has launched a beta test of its website for people to apply for student loan debt relief.
The website went live on Friday, and it allows borrowers to submit an application requesting loan debt forgiveness. Applications filed with the beta version won’t be processed until the website officially launches in the coming weeks, although borrowers won’t have to submit another application if they decide to file early with the beta version.
“We’re accepting applications to help us refine our processes ahead of the official form launch. If you submit an application, it will be processed, and you won’t need to resubmit,” a banner at the top of the beta site reads.
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Under the plan that President Joe Biden announced in August, borrowers who earn under $125,000 individually or $250,000 as a household would have $10,000 in debt relieved, and those who received a Pell Grant can have up to $20,000 canceled.
Just days after the move was announced, several conservative groups began mulling legal action, and since then, lawsuits have been filed against the executive action, which has faced backlash from Republicans.
The application period for student debt forgiveness is expected to begin later this month and run through Dec. 31, 2023.
Those wishing to fill out the beta application will be asked for their contact information, date of birth, Social Security number, and birth date, and they also will be asked about their income to determine eligibility under the plan.
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“This testing period will allow the department to monitor site performance through real-world use, test the site ahead of the official application launch, refine processes, and uncover any possible bugs prior to official launch,” a spokesperson with the Education Department said.
The Biden student loan debt relief will help more than 40 million people, according to the White House.