SAN MARCOS — The U.S. Supreme Court denied President Joe Biden’s plan to relinquish student loan debt for millions of college students across America. Texas State students share personal reactions to the Supreme Court decision.
“I personally, I think it’s kind of ridiculous. College is essentially a gold star that I feel like every American citizen needs to live, like to survive, and it’s expensive, like very expensive,” business management major Umber Christian said. “So, I do think it’s ridiculous.”
President Biden’s forgiveness plan consisted of the cancellation of up to $10,000 in debt for Americans who made less than $125k a year in 2020 or 2021. For Americans in the same salary classification who took out Pell Grants, the total amount of debt forgiven would go up to $20,000.
“Having $10,000 forgiven would help so much just because like how much loans I’ve taken out,” dance major Summer Love said. “Me and my mom like sold our house so we didn’t have to be doing house payments and then doing college and then doing like rooming over here like we made the decision to sell a house, get money out of it and like do a different lifestyle because I wanted this life.
Announced last summer, Biden’s initial plan was met with mixed reactions, with some arguing that the plan went too far, and others saying it didn’t go far enough.
“My honest opinion is Biden put out a statement to the world that he will release students of $10,000 all over the world who are eligible and I mean, yes again it would help out but that money is all coming from the government which will make taxes higher and like I said raise prices just because we got “free money” which I’m sorry, is not free money,” special education major Sarah Holmes said.
The Biden Administration tried to use the Heroes Act of 2003 to justify the request to cancel student loans. The Supreme Court stressed that the Heroes Act did not permit Biden’s student loan plan.
“Free money is never free money to me,” Holmes said. “I was taught you have to work for what you want and yes, you can get some things for free, but money is not one of those things.”
Following the decision made on June 30, 2023, which ended with the Supreme Court overtaking the request with a 6-3 conclusion, President Biden quickly bounced back with a plan B.
“It went and it got challenged by a plenty of Republican states and it went to the Supreme Court and ruled that Biden cannot forgive student loans. It’s up to the various government organizations that dole them out to forgive them and what they want to do with them,” geography major James Bedwell said. “And obviously those organizations aren’t going to do anything because they’re making money off that.”
Biden’s plan B will consist of using the Higher Education Act of 1965. This law is intended to strengthen the educational resources in colleges and universities in hopes to provide financial assistance in higher education.
“As much as I liked the fact that he’s trying to get with the plan B and trying other avenues to do this and to fulfill that promise, as much as I like that, I highly doubt it would actually go through,” Bedwell said.
The Biden administration also announced a new income-based repayment plan for federal loans known as the Saving on a Valuable Education Plan (SAVE). The plan limits monthly payments for undergraduate loans from 10% to 5% of optional income and forgives loans of $12,000 or less after 10 years of payments, rather than 20.
“I think, yes, this will fail, but he’s not wasting his time,” Bedwell said. “He’s trying to appease younger people, which I think is a good thing personally.”
Plan B will be a longer process but will be able to compromise and release loans under certain circumstances, allowing more room for possibility.
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Written by: Preethi Mangadu