Give Now  »

Noon Edition

The new college debt relief bill sparks mixed reactions 

IU campus sample gates kirkwood

(Indiana University Bloomington)

Noon Edition airs on Fridays at noon on WFIU.

President Biden announced his plan to help millions of students with student debt last Wednesday. Students earning less than $125,000 per year can relieve $10,000 of debt and students who received Pell grants for living in a low-income family can relieve up to $20,000 of debt.   

Currently, there is $1.75 trillion in student loan debt according to Forbes, and the average amount of debt owed per borrower is just under $29,000.  

While there was a time when many students could pay their tuition themselves, today that idea has become a fantasy for many. Forbes says the average cost of a four-year degree has nearly tripled over the last 40 years.   

While many students are excited about this new plan, others are angry. Many are questioning why students are the only ones receiving debt relief and past students that have already paid off their loans are angry why this didn’t happen sooner.   

We will cover the student loan relief bill and the public opinion with our guests this Friday.  

You can follow us on Twitter at @NoonEdition or join us on the air by calling 812-855-0811 or toll-free at 1-877-285-9348. You can also send questions for the show at



Phil Schuman – Executive Director of Financial Wellness and Education  

Zilvinas (Z) Silenas  – President of the Foundation for Economic Education  

Carli Stevenson – Student Debt Activist with We, the 45 Million, former political campaign staffer, and communications professional

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From