The reduction of student debt is being paired with a plan to lift the freeze on federal student debt payments, beginning in January 2023.
Biden said that the administration’s “targeted actions are for families that need it the most: working and middle class people hit especially hard during the pandemic making under $125,000 a year.” He emphasized that “about 90% of the eligible beneficiaries make under $75,000.”
But the nation is divided over Biden’s decision, flooding social media channels with praise or criticism. Many view the executive order as a gamechanger for millions of Americans drowning in debt, while others say it’s unfair to those who made sacrifices and worked hard to pay off their college debt.
Here is what some Americans have to say about Biden’s plan.
Pamela Bone is a 59-year-old resident of Atlanta, Georgia. Her youngest daughter has cerebral palsy, which inspired her to become a teacher for middle school students who have moderate intellectual disabilities.
Bone said she and her family moved from Seattle after her daughter was born and briefly stayed home to be there for her through several surgeries and doctor’s appointments. She also volunteered at her daughter’s school and said she was “amazed at all of the time, care, attention and love that was given by her teachers,” which propelled her to go back to school to earn her master’s degree and her specialist degree.
“I wanted to give back to students what my daughter had received from…