Student loan relief site accepts applications, begins testing despite legal challenges

The U.S. Department of Education on Friday night began testing a website for student loans to apply for debt relief, according to a department spokesman.

During the trial period, those who qualify for debt forgiveness will be able to apply for, the spokesman said. Their applications will remain on file, but no applications will be processed until the site is fully operational later this month.

President Joe Biden’s student loan relief plan, announced in late August, will forgive federal loans of up to $20,000 for certain borrowers earning less than $125,000 per year, or $250,000 for households.

Even as the suite prepares the site, a growing list of legal challenges could threaten program implementation.

At least five separate lawsuits in courts around the country seek to block the plan, alleging that the president has exceeded his executive powers by authorizing such large-scale debt forgiveness without prior approval. congressional consent.

– With support from Madlin Mekelburg

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