Stimulus bill won’t extend payment pause for student loan borrowers

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Student loan borrowers won’t get more time to pay their bills in the stimulus deal.

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Americans were already struggling with their student loans before the pandemic hit and drove up unemployment, with more than 1 in 4 borrowers in delinquency or default. Outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. has spiraled to more than $1.7 trillion, and the average monthly bill is around $400.

Reflecting the need for the relief, the vast majority — or around 90% — of student loan borrowers have taken advantage of the government’s option to pause their payments during the pandemic, data shows.

In a recent Pew survey, 6 in 10 borrowers said it would be difficult for them to start making payments again in the coming month. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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