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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Natow

Senate Democrats and Republicans Disagree on Student Loan Policy for Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

Inside Higher Education reports that Democrats and Republicans in the Senate disagree on how student loans should be handled in the next coronavirus relief bill. The previous coronavirus relief bill (the CARES Act) provided student loan repayment relief without interest, but only until September 30, 2020.

From Inside Higher Education: "A key sticking point emerged between key Democrats and Republicans Thursday over what to do about 43 million Americans who have been excused from making student loan payments during the pandemic, even as Republican senators and the Trump administration continued trying to craft the details of their proposal for the next coronavirus relief package. Democrats in both the House and the Senate, including Senator Patty Murray, slammed a proposal by Lamar Alexander, the Senate’s top Republican on education, that would continue to spare only those with no incomes from making payments."

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