WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the newest edition of his Clyburn Chronicles podcast featuring the 12th United States Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona. The two sat down to discuss the Biden-Harris Administration’s student loan debt relief programs and how the administration is working to give the next generation a path to financial freedom.
Upon being confirmed, Secretary Cardona set out to address the opportunity gaps that primarily impact diverse and low-income students, as well as public servants.
“When I became Secretary of Education, we got a very clear charge here: to fix a broken system. To fix a system that separated the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots.’ A system that provided higher education opportunity to some more than others,” said Secretary Cardona. “And one of the ways we worked hard to fix that system was to address a program that was already enacted called the Public Service Loan Forgiveness [Program].”
“We realized we had to fix this, and we created a one-year waiver that expires Monday,” Secretary Cardona continued. “In that one-year waiver, we’re widening the net of people that can qualify for this.”
Majority Whip Clyburn urged his listeners to take advantage of the limited waiver period ahead of the October 31 deadline.
“If you are a schoolteacher, a police officer, a first responder, in any capacity so long as you are providing a public service – 501(c)(3), working in the hospital, working for the community health centers – you are eligible, and you’ve got until Monday to complete your application,” Majority Whip Clyburn stressed.
The two also discussed the Biden-Harris Administration’s targeted student loan debt forgiveness program, which would provide up to $20,000 in debt relief to individuals making less than $125,000, and the Republican Party’s efforts to block this transformational relief.
“There are some Republican leaders who are suing us to try to stop us from doing this. But, we are moving full steam ahead collecting the information of those who are eligible. And we’re going to fight through the courts to provide debt relief to Americans who are trying to get back on their feet,” said Secretary Cardona.
To hear the conversation, please click here.