Editor’s note: We shifted coverage of lawsuits challenging President Joe Biden’s debt forgiveness plans to standalone news briefs and articles in 2023, after it became clear which cases would lead the way in courts. Check our homepage for the latest news on these cases and others affecting higher education.
Just a month after the Biden administration announced it would forgive broad amounts of student debt, the plan drew its first significant legal challenge. Since then, a flurry of lawsuits have been filed, with some arguing the plan goes too far and others contending certain borrowers were unfairly boxed out from loan forgiveness.
Biden’s plan would cancel up to $10,000 of student debt for borrowers who earn up to $125,000 a year or $250,000 for married couples filing their taxes jointly. Borrowers who had Pell Grants can receive up to $20,000 in debt relief.
On Nov. 10, a federal judge declared the plan illegal, ruling that only Congress could authorize such sweeping debt relief. The Biden administration immediately appealed the ruling.
The plan is fending off other legal challenges. On Oct. 21, a federal appellate court temporarily blocked the plan while it considers a lawsuit brought by six conservative states. And at least three other lawsuits are pending.
We’re keeping track of the latest legal challenges and updates to existing cases below.
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