President Biden will likely make his decision on partial student loan forgiveness for millions of borrowers later this summer, administration officials told the Wall Street Journal.
Officials reportedly told WSJ that the President is looking to announce his plans in July or August, closer to when loan payments and interest are scheduled to resume at the end of August after being put on pause during the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden and his senior advisers are reportedly continue to weigh potential political and economic backlash in response to any student loan forgiveness-related decision.
A range of proposals have been drawn up by White House officials, administration officials and others familiar with the matter told WSJ. The President has yet to make a final decision.
WSJ’s report comes weeks after a number of leaks on the President’s thinking regarding federal student loan debt forgiveness in recent weeks, suggesting efforts by the White House to take the temperature before finalizing a plan. The President previously said in late April he was closing in on a decision to cancel some student loan debt and would make a decision in the next couple of weeks.
Get TPM in your inbox, twice weekly.
Late last month, the Washington Post reported that the President was on the cusp of canceling up to $10,000 of federal student loans per eligible borrower. The relief would reportedly be income-targeted to single people who earned less than $150,000 in the previous year.
The President reportedly planned to announce his decision during his commencement speech at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, late last month.
Biden ultimately held off on the announcement in light of the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas earlier that week, the Post reported.
The President has been clear about his rejection of a proposal backed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to cancel up to $50,000 in student loans. Biden has also expressed disinterest in forgiving loans for students of elite universities.