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President Biden extends moratorium on student loan payments

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On April 6, President Biden extended the moratorium on collecting student loans until August 31, explaining that the extension “will assist borrowers in achieving greater financial security and support the Department of Education’s efforts to continue improving student loan programs.” The Department of Education released a statement noting that it will continue to assess the financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on student loan borrowers and assist them, which includes “allowing all borrowers with paused loans to receive a ‘fresh start’ on repayment by eliminating the impact of delinquency and default and allowing them to reenter repayment in good standing.” In response to the extension, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona stated that the Department of Education will continue "to ensure that all borrowers have access to repayment plans that meet their financial situations and needs.”