College Student Loan Debt Crisis Update

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Federal Student Loan Payments Suspension Extended

The COVID-19 pandemic has renewed focus on the student loan debt crisis. Student Loan Repayment

In March 2020, the passage of the CARES Act allowed for the administrative forbearance of federal student loans, i.e. suspending the payments and interest of federal student loans through the end of January 2021.

Under the new Biden administration, President Biden, through Executive Order, has extended administrative forbearance for federal student loan repayments at least until September 30, 2021.

The U.S. Department of Education also offers several forms of income driven repayment plans for federal student loans and student debt forgiven public service programs.

 Private Student Loans Options

College graduates with federal student loans and/or private student loans may also have additional assistance in the repayment of their student loans.

The CARES Act provided an opportunity for employers with educational assistance programs to make payments on an employee’s student loan principal and interest.

Initially, this legislation temporarily allowed employers to provide up to $5,250 in tax-exempt student loan repayment contributions or tuition assistance from March 27, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2020.

The CAA has since extended these provisions through Dec. 31, 2025.

A major human resource benefit of the employer-created student loan repayment assistance programs is helping employers with recruitment and retention of quality employees.

Since 2018, the number of employers offering student loan assistance has doubled, and these employer offered programs are expected to continue growing despite the current state of our economy.

Check with your Human Resource Dept to see if they offer and/or plan to offer a student loan repayment assistance program for their employees.

For more detail information on the above, visit Student Aid.gov @ https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

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