Tens of millions of Americans across the country are now eligible to apply for student loan cancellation under President Joe Biden's loan forgiveness program despite a number of lawsuits opposing the scheme.
"Today, I’m announcing millions of people, working and middle-class folks, can apply to get this relief. And it’s simple and it’s easy, it's fast," Biden said in remarks delivered from the South Court Auditorium of the White House. "You’ll be able to fill out your name, Social Security number, date of birth, and contact information. No forms to upload. No special log-in to remember. It’s available in English and in Spanish, on desktop and mobile."
Biden said the application will take "less than five minutes" to complete and will be a "game changer for millions of Americans," noting that it took an "incredible amount of effort to get this website done in such a short time."
Borrowers have until Dec. 31, 2023 to submit an application.
The White House said on Monday that over 8 million borrowers had already applied for loan forgiveness through the beta version of the website "without a glitch or any difficulty."
Lawsuits Mounting"We had over 10,000 people contact the White House and be—either send us letters or calls thanking us," Biden claimed.
Addressing the mounting lawsuits on Monday, Biden told reporters: "Republican members of Congress and Republican governors are trying to do everything they can to deny this relief, even to their own constituents. Their outrage is wrong and it's hypocritical."
The administration has said the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act of 2003, grants the Department of Education the authority to cancel so much debt for so many people, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Around 43 million people are eligible for relief under the loan forgiveness plan, administration officials had previously said.