Federal Student Loan RelieF
Posted By: E. Moss on September 03, 2022 |
One-Time Student Loan Debt Relief
On Aug. 24, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a Student Debt Relief Plan that includes one-time student loan debt relief targeted to low- and middle-income families.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will provide up to $20,000 in debt relief to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 in debt relief to non-Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers with loans held by ED are eligible for this relief if their individual income is less than $125,000 (or $250,000 for households).
What Do I Need to Know?
An online form will be available by early October. Here are some steps you can take now and in the future.
Step 1: Check if you're eligible
You're eligible for student loan debt relief if your annual federal income was below $125,000 (individual or married, filing separately) or $250,000 (married, filing jointly or head of household) in 2021 or 2020.
$20,000 in debt relief: If you received a Pell Grant in college and meet the income threshold, you'll be eligible for up to $20,000 in debt relief.
$10,000 in debt relief: If you did not receive a Pell Grant in college and meet the income threshold, you'll be eligible for up to $10,000 in debt relief.
Step 2: Prepare
Here's what you can do to get ready and to make sure you get our updates:
Log in to your account on StudentAid.gov and make sure your contact info is up to date. We'll send you updates by both email and text message, so make sure to sign up to receive text alerts. If it's been a while since you've logged in, or you can't remember if you have an account username and password (FSA ID), we offer tips to help you access your account.
If you don't have a StudentAid.gov account (FSA ID), you should create an account to help you manage your loans.
Make sure your loan servicer has your most current contact information so they can reach you.
If you don't know who your servicer is, you can log in and see your servicer(s) in your account dashboard.
Step 3: Submit your application (when available)
The application will be available online by early October 2022.
We'll share updates on this page and send you an email when the application is available. You'll have until Dec. 31, 2023, to submit your application.
Federal Pell Grants
How Do I Know If I Ever Received a Federal Pell Grant?
Federal Pell Grants typically are awarded to undergraduate students with low or moderate income.
Most borrowers can log in to StudentAid.gov to see if they received a Pell Grant. We display information about the aid you received, including Pell Grants, on your account dashboard and your “My Aid” pages.
Log In to Your Account
When you apply for debt relief, we'll make sure all borrowers who received a Pell Grant receive the full benefit of up to $20,000 in relief if they meet the income requirements. ED has data on all borrowers who received a Pell Grant. If you received a Pell Grant prior to 1994, that information won't display in StudentAid.gov, but you'll still receive the full benefit.
Beware of Scams
You might be contacted by a company saying they will help you get loan discharge, forgiveness, cancellation, or debt relief for a fee. You never have to pay for help with your federal student aid. Make sure you work only with ED and our trusted partners, and never reveal your personal information or account password to anyone. Our emails to borrowers come from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how to avoid scams and what you can do if you're contacted by a scammer.
We'll continue to update this page as we have more details. At this time, our contact center agents have the same information you can read here. After the online form is live, support for the form will be available at 1-833-932-3439.
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