Biden administration closes student loan applications after court ruling
President Biden’s signature student loan document announced he would stop taking applications after being struck down by a federal judge.
The Student Aid website application has now been replaced with a plain text page with the title “Student Loan Debt Relief is on hold”.
“Courts have issued orders blocking our student debt relief program,” the website says. “As a result, at this time, we are not accepting applications. We are seeking to rescind these orders.”
The Justice Department announced on Friday that it would appeal the judge’s decision.
Biden’s plan, which aims to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt for Pell Grant college recipients and up to $10,000 for others who borrowed using federal student loans.
“It is not the role of this Court to determine whether the program constitutes good public policy. Yet no one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to executive, or one of the greatest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the
United States,” United States District Judge Mark Pittman wrote.
“In this country, we are not governed by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone. Instead, we are governed by a Constitution that provides for three separate and independent branches of government,” Pittsman continued. “The Court is not blind to the current political division in our country. But it is fundamental to the survival of our Republic that the separation of powers as set forth in our Constitution be preserved. And having interpreted the HEROES Act, the Court finds that it does not provide “clear Congressional authorization” for the program proposed by the Secretary”,
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration “strongly” disagrees with the decision.
“The president and this administration are committed to helping working and middle class America get back on their feet, while our adversaries — backed by extreme Republican special interests — have taken legal action to keep millions of Americans out of get the help they so badly need,” said Jean-Pierre. added.
She said the Department of Education will retain information from the 26 million borrowers who applied for the document, so that their aid can be “quickly” processed once they “win in court”.
Fox News’ Adam Sabes contributed to this report.