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California AG filed brief with supreme court supporting Biden student loan forgiveness

California Attorney General Rob Bonta, with 21 other state attorney generals, filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court today in support of the Biden Administration’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for low-income borrowers.

“The historic cancellation of federal student loan debt will ease the burden for millions of Californians weighed down by the cost of their higher education dreams,” Bonta said. “This one-time program targets borrowers most impacted by the pandemic – in keeping with federal authority to make changes to student loan payments in response to national emergencies. I applaud the Supreme Court for its swift consideration of this matter, and I urge it to allow the Department of Education to begin providing this sorely needed measure of relief.”

Under the student loan forgiveness plan, about 3.5 million Californians would see relief.

The program is currently on hold following court decisions to delay its implementation.  The Biden administration, in response, has extended the moratorium on student loan payments until 60 days after the debt relief program is implemented, the litigation is resolved, or June 30, 2023.

Bonta was joined by the attorney generals of Massachusetts, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.