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Stein appeals to SCOTUS to allow debt relief on a targeted basis for NC student borrowers

The legal tug-of-war battle over student loan debt cancellation continues.
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North Carolina’s attorney general has filed a friend of the court brief in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court about the Biden Administration’s cancellation of federal student loan debt to help address COVID-19-related difficulties for borrowers.

AG Josh Stein said the pandemic put the financial futures of too many of low-income students in financial jeopardy, and he urged the court to allow the federal government to grant the debt relief on a targeted basis for North Carolina student borrowers.

“The pandemic put the financial futures of too many of low-income students in real financial jeopardy,” said Stein. “We can help give them the relief they need and deserve, and in turn protect our state’s economy. I urge the court to allow the federal government to grant this debt relief on a targeted basis for North Carolina student borrowers.”

Last year, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced plans to grant $10,000 in debt relief for borrowers under certain income thresholds and $20,000 in debt relief to borrowers who met those income thresholds and also received a Pell Grant in college.

Stein added that state economies benefit when their residents can avoid default on student loans and avoid the possible loss of job prospects, housing, and federal benefits.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.