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Student debt relief goes to the Supreme Court—when payments may resume

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The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to greenlight President Joe Biden’s sweeping student debt forgiveness plan. As an alternative, the court said it’ll hear full oral arguments from either side of the difficulty in February on an expedited basis.

It’ll then issue a final ruling, per its official procedures, likely in June, at the top of the present term. 

In November, the Biden administration issued one other extension of the federal student loan payment pause in light of the legal challenges delaying debt forgiveness. The extension means the pause will tentatively end also in June, at the top of the month, depending on when the courts reach a final decision on forgiveness.

“Payments will resume 60 days after the Department is permitted to implement this system or the litigation is resolved,” the Department of Education said in a press release.

If the court decision arrives before June 30, payments will resume on that day. If not, borrowers can have one other 60 days before payments turn back on, moving the deadline to the top of August. 

Because it stands, you would be smart to organize to restart payments in July or work along with your loan servicer to rearrange accommodations for financial hardship.

Your actual payment due date will rely on your loan servicer, which is able to inform you with a press release no before 21 days before payment is due, in keeping with the Federal Student Aid website. The present order doesn’t give any additional respiratory room within the event the Supreme Court rules against the Biden administration.

The administration has not revealed a back-up plan if the Supreme Court doesn’t allow debt forgiveness to proceed.

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