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Supreme Court Strikes Down Student Debt Cancellation. Now What?

The Supreme Court has blocked President Joe Biden’s student loan debt relief plan, saying his administration lacked authorization under the HEROES Act to forgive up to $20,000 in student debt per borrower.

Some 43 million borrowers won’t see a cent of the debt cancellation promised by the White House last year. Under current guidance from the Education Department, borrowers must get ready to resume student loan payments starting in October on their full student loan balance.

On Friday afternoon, Biden announced that his administration was pursuing a student debt cancellation plan B. This route leans on a different legal avenue than the one struck down by the Supreme Court, and the process could take a year or longer. But a plan B remains far from guaranteed, and there is no timeline yet. Take steps to prepare for repayment now.

“Now that we have the decision, we can move forward,” says Betsy Mayotte, president and founder of The Institute of Student Loan Advisors. “There are a lot of borrowers who have been in limbo waiting to see what was going to happen.”