President Biden’s decision to cancel student debt and extend the payment pause is welcome news to many borrowers, but the low amount of cancellation and the means-testing requirements leaves many still suffering under the crushing weight of student debt.
This week the Department of Education announced that it will discharge all remaining federal student loans for borrowers who attended any campus owned or operated by Corinthian Colleges Inc. The relief will total $5.8 billion and cancel debt for 560,000 borrowers, without any additional action needed.
Americans for Financial Reform wrote to the California State Assembly in support of AB 376, the Student Borrower Bill of Rights. AB 376 would make California the first state in the nation to create a comprehensive set of rights for people holding student debt, by requiring student loan companies to treat borrowers fairly and giving borrowers the right to hold these companies accountable when they fail to meet basic servicing standards.