(The Hill) – The Department of Education began sending out emails this weekend to keep applicants seeking a student loan exemption updated on the program as it progresses through the courts.
Education Minister Miguel Cardona said the department began sending out emails on Saturday and will continue to send them out to applicants in the coming days.
“We remain confident in our legal authority to administer the student loan debt relief program
@POTUS & I announced in August,” Cardona tweeted. “Borrowers, remember, we will not stop fighting for you.”
Emails are sent to applicants who have been approved by the education department, according to screenshots shared on Twitter and obtained by Nexstar.
“Your application is complete and approved, and we will pay your approved debt if we prevail in court,” the email to approved borrowers reads.
President Biden’s assistance program would forgive up to $10,000 in student loans for those earning less than $125,000 annually and up to $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients. The program is valued at approximately $40 billion over 30 years.
The Biden administration is fighting off several program challenges, including two lawsuits that effectively halted debt relief after millions of borrowers sought relief.
Last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) appealed to the US Supreme Court to overturn one of the orders preventing the program from going into effect. The US Circuit Court of Appeals’ 8th Circuit ruling issued an injunction in response to a challenge from six Conservative-led states.
A Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas also invalidated the aid program this month. The Biden administration is appealing this ruling to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.
In the email to eligible applicants, the Biden administration told borrowers that they “strongly believe the lawsuits are without merit.”
“Unfortunately, a number of lawsuits have been filed challenging the program, which are currently preventing us from paying off your debt,” the email reads. “The Justice Department has appealed on our behalf.”
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