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Debt Ceiling Deal: Implications for Student Loans

Debt Ceiling Deal: Implications for Student Loans

| June 16, 2023

Borrowers should brace for repayment resumption and start planning now

On the brink of a U.S. default, the Senate recently approved a deal to raise the debt ceiling until 2025, bringing some relief to financial markets. The agreement, negotiated by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden, also entails a reduction in some government spending.

However, tucked within the intricacies of the deal are several implications for student loan borrowers.

New Legislation, New Conditions

The debt limit deal incorporates new work requirements for recipients of certain government benefits, nearly $21.4 billion in cuts to the IRS budget, and most notably for student loan borrowers, a provision that hampers Biden's ability to extend the pause on federal student loan repayments without Congressional approval. However, the legislation does not obstruct Biden from temporarily halting student loan payments during another qualifying emergency.

Repayment Resumption: When and How?

For student loan borrowers wondering when repayments will kick back into gear, the bill stipulates that loan repayments must recommence 60 days after June 30. This deadline places the latest possible repayment date around August 29. The Department of Education had previously extended the pause on payments to allow the Supreme Court sufficient time to review the challenge to Biden’s loan forgiveness plan.

According to the Federal Student Aid website, borrowers should expect to receive a billing statement at least 21 days before their first payment is due.

However, it's recommended that borrowers stay proactive and reach out to their loan providers to obtain a payment estimate and ascertain their due date.

What This Means for Borrowers

For student loan borrowers, the debt ceiling deal means a definitive end to the payment pause instituted during the height of the pandemic, unless a new qualifying emergency arises. Borrowers should brace themselves for repayment resumption and start planning their finances accordingly.

However, this also means that the ball is now in the court of Congress if another payment pause is to be considered in the future. The possibility of loan forgiveness, which remains under the Supreme Court's review, might also provide some respite to borrowers.

 

Important Disclosures

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, LPL Financial makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.

This article was prepared by FMeX.

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