With standing established, a 6-3 majority of justices declared that Biden’s student debt cancellation plan, enacted under the 2003 HEROES Act, was unconstitutional. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the opinion of the court, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. “The Secretary asserts that the HEROES Act grants him the authority to cancel $430 billion of student loan principal. It does not,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion. “We hold today that the Act allows the Secretary to ‘waive or modify’ existing statutory or regulatory provisions applicable to financial assistance programs under the Education Act, not to rewrite that statute from the ground up.” Justice Elena Kagan penned the dissent, joined by fellow liberal justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Federal student loans payments are set to resume soon. Interest will start accuring on September 1 and monthly

HOW DID WE GET HERE AND WHAT’S NEXT? President Joe Biden’s student debt cancellation plan, first unveiled in August 2022, promised to erase up to $10,000 per individual borrower earning less than $125,000 annually or per married couple earning less than $250,000, and up to $20,000 for those who received a need-based Pell Grant while in college. The White House said that 90% of the relief would go to borrowers earning less than $75,000 per year. Roughly 26 million borrowers applied or were automatically eligible for relief — and 16 million of them were approved by the Education Department and subsequently sent to loan servicers. The White House opened debt relief applications in October but closed them a month later as lawsuits swirled. The Supreme Court soon agreed to take on two of the lawsuits and held oral arguments for student debt cancellation on February 28. If you were among the millions of borrowers counting on this relief, you still have options to lower your monthly payments and even get some of your debt forgiven. Here’s what else borrowers need to know, and how to prepare for the impending end of forbearance.

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Get ready to make payments Federal student loan payments are set to resume soon, with no possibility of further forbearance extensions. Interest will start accruing again on September 1, and borrowers will have to resume monthly payments on their full student loan balance starting in October. “Take your time, get very organized, identify where your loans are, what your repayment expectations are, sit down and actually create your own budget or spending plan,” says Stacey MacPhetres, senior director of education finance at education and child care company Bright



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