Who really benefits from student loan forgiveness? It’s complicated.
The Department of Education has extended forbearance and suspension of collection activity through January 31, 2021. Additionally, President-elect Biden will likely provide some additional relief. Including the continuation of forbearance, helping those who make less than $25,000, having automatic enrollment in the income-based repayment program, and possibly the cancelation of up to $10,000.
There is much debate over whether canceling student loan debt would actually help families. However, the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances found that student loan debt is disproportionately held by higher-income families, who can likely make the payments.
Blacks and Hispanics would also benefit less than what is suggested. Additionally, those who never went to school would not benefit from the forgiveness at all.