The Biden administration extended a pause on federal student loan repayment until June 30, 2023, according to a White House announcement Tuesday.
Payments will resume 60 days after the pause ends, the announcement said.
The White House is giving the Supreme Court time to consider President Joe Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness program.
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The extended pause comes after a federal appeals court in Texas blocked the student debt forgiveness program on Nov. 10. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Pittman sided with the plaintiffs of the case who said the U.S. education department made arbitrary decisions on who qualified for the program.
“I’m completely confident that my plan is legal,” Biden said in a Twitter video statement. “But right now, it’s on hold.”
The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to consider the case, according to Biden. The extension on the loan repayment pause would allow the Supreme Court to hear the case during its current term.