Headline RoundupAugust 6th, 2021

Biden Administration Extends Student Loan Payment Pause to Jan. 2022

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Biden administration will extend a pause on federal student loan payments “one final time” to Jan. 31, 2022, the Department of Education announced Friday. The pause began in March 2020 with the CARES Act, was extended to Jan. 2021 by former President Donald Trump, and was extended to the end of Sept. 2021 by President Joe Biden. “As our nation’s economy continues to recover from a deep hole, this final extension will give students and borrowers the time they need to plan for restart and ensure a smooth pathway back to repayment,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement. 

Headlines varied across the spectrum on calling the pause a “pause” or a  “freeze.” Some outlets across the spectrum included quotes from Republicans opposed to the extension, and those that did tended to include a quote from Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), who said that “our children will pay the ultimate price for this irresponsible delay.”

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