Federal Student Loan Debt Relief

On Aug. 24, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a Student Debt Relief Plan that includes one-time student loan debt relief targeted to low- and middle-income families.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will provide up to $20,000 in debt relief to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 in debt relief to non-Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers with loans held by ED are eligible for this relief if their individual income is less than $125,000 (or $250,000 for households).

Federal Student Debt Relief Plan – General Information

Here is a quick “Frequently Asked Questions” page about the One-Time Student Loan Debt Relief.

You can sign up here U.S. Department of Ed Subscriptions to receive updates about the Department of Ed’s plans to implement the President’s directive.

Step 1: Check if you’re eligible

You’re eligible for student loan debt relief if your annual federal income was below $125,000 (individual or married, filing separately) or $250,000 (married, filing jointly or head of household) in 2021 or 2020.

  • $20,000 in debt relief: If you received a Pell Grant in college and meet the income threshold, you’ll be eligible for up to $20,000 in debt relief.
  • $10,000 in debt relief: If you did not receive a Pell Grant in college and meet the income threshold, you’ll be eligible for up to $10,000 in debt relief.

Step 2: Prepare

Here’s what you can do to get ready and to make sure you get updates:

  • Log in to your account on StudentAid.gov and make sure your contact info is up to date. The Department of Ed will send you updates by both email and text message, so make sure to sign up to receive text alerts. If it’s been a while since you’ve logged in, or you can’t remember if you have an account username and password (FSA ID), here are tips to help you access your account.
  • If you don’t have a StudentAid.gov account (FSA ID), you should create an account to help you manage your loans.
  • Make sure your loan servicer has your most current contact information so they can reach you. If you don’t know who your servicer is, you can log in and see your servicer(s) in your account dashboard.

Step 3: Submit your application (when available)

The application will be available online by early October 2022.

We’ll share updates on this page.

And here is more general information about the government’s different loan forgiveness programs: Student Loan Forgiveness.

Beware of Scams

You might be contacted by a company saying they will help you get loan discharge, forgiveness, cancellation, or debt relief for a fee. You never have to pay for help with your federal student aid. Make sure you work only with the Federal Department of Education and their trusted partners, and never reveal your personal information or account password to anyone. Federal emails to borrowers come from noreply@studentaid.gov, and emails from the school have a .edu email address.

Learn how to avoid scams and what you can do if you’re contacted by a scammer.