‘There is no trust now’: Student loan borrowers respond to Supreme Court decision

The US Supreme Court has rejected President Biden’s student loan cancellation plan, causing uncertainty among borrowers about their financial future.

Immediate impact: The court’s decision has significantly affected borrowers’ plans about their finances.
* For Graeme Strickland, a 25-year-old borrower, the ruling has been a significant setback. He had taken out roughly $30,000 in federal loans and was hoping to benefit from Biden’s plan.
* With Biden’s plan now officially struck down, Strickland and others are questioning prospects for loan forgiveness.

Context and reactions: The plan had kindled hopes among borrowers, but its downfall has resulted in widespread disillusionment.
* Borrower Carolina Rodriguez, who works at New York’s Education Debt Consumer Assistance Program (EDCAP), comments that there’s no trust among many of the people she speaks with.
* Michael J. Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute criticized the Biden administration for raising people’s hopes, only to see them dashed by the court’s ruling.

Effect on individuals: Borrowers are bracing themselves for more financial stress with the resumption of payments.
* Ariana Cuellar from San Antonio, who owes over $30,000 in student loans, is preparing for a smaller budget and increased financial worry with the imminent resumption of repayments.
* The ruling has also left borrowers like Chris and Brigid Kennedy, who were excluded from the plan because they have Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL), feeling frustrated.

In the fallout: The rejection of the plan has reinforced the sense of frustration among borrowers regarding the federal student loan system.
* Borrowers who took out FFEL loans, issued by private banks but guaranteed by the federal government, were originally eligible for the program, but the U.S. Department of Education later excluded them, disqualifying approximately 800,000 borrowers.
* Few still see a ray of hope in other paths to forgiveness, such as Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and income-driven repayment (IDR) plans.

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