On his first day in office, President Joe Biden will direct the Department of Education to extend the moratorium on federal student loan payments that would otherwise expire at the end of January, according to David Kamin, the incoming deputy director of the National Economic Council.
In an online press briefing late last week, Kamin said Biden would direct the department to extend the relief that was originally provided by the CARES Act, then extended twice under the Trump administration.
Kamin did not say how long the relief would last but it’s likely to extend beyond a few months, to a time when the economy, still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus, stabilizes.
Kamin also said Biden supports the immediate cancellation of $10,000 federal student loan debt per borrower in response to the COVID crisis, which will require congressional action, as well as the expansion of the loan forgiveness program for federal student loan borrowers in public service jobs and of income-based repayment programs.
“We can and must move quickly,” Kamin said, referring to a list of economic relief initiatives the incoming administration is planning, including $2,000 payments per person, an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour and acceleration of small-business loan distribution.