U.S. Student Loan Relief to Cost $30B a Year Over Next Decade

A woman throws her graduation mortar board cap in the air as she poses for her photographer in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., U.S. April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne/File Photo

The U.S. Education Department said on Thursday it estimates that the one-time student debt relief plan given by President Joe Biden in August will cost an average of $30 billion a year over the next decade.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said this week that Biden’s plan to cancel some student loan debt will cost $400 billion.

Biden said in August the U.S. government will forgive $10,000 in student loans for millions of debt-saddled former college students, keeping a pledge he made in the 2020 campaign for the White House.

SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Costas Pitas; writing by Kanishka Singh