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Student Loan Payments to Resume: What You Need to Know

Supreme Court Strikes Down Proposed Student Debt Cancellation

In August of 2022, President Biden announced a new student loan debt relief program that would provide eligible student loan borrowers with up to $20,000 in debt cancellation for Pell Grant recipients, and up to $10,000 in cancellation for non-Pell Grant recipients. However, ongoing lawsuits put the program on hold. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in February 2023 and NASW is disappointed that on June 30, the court ruled against the Biden administration plan, stating the President does not have the authority to forgive student debt. Separately, the May agreement to raise the debt ceiling prevents further extensions of the student loan payment pause that has been in effect since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Education will begin collecting payments again later this year. Interest will resume on September 1, 2023, and payments will be due in October.

Borrowers can take steps now to be ready for payment to resume.

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NASW Members who attended NASW's 2023 Advocacy Day

NASW Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Nearly 100 social workers from 44 states and two U.S. territories attended 143 meetings with Congressional offices in the U.S. House and Senate on June 28, 2023

Read about their advocacy work on behalf of social workers and those they serve

Pioneers at 2023 event

Social Work Pioneers Learn about New Challenges and Community Building

The 2023 NASW Social Work Pioneers program honored members who contributed to the evolution and enrichment of the social work profession.

Learn more about the Pioneer program and the social workers who transformed our profession.

Sarah Butts in front of the Capitol

How NASW Advocates for the Profession

Learn how NASW advocates for social work