The Biden Administration is working to deliver on its student debt relief promise.
Jul 14, 2023
The world is waiting on you to get it done, Joe! A recurring question for current President Joe Biden is when he plans to fulfill his promises of forgiving the student debt impacting thousands of Americans. That question might have been answered according to reports from Complex that a host of borrowers could be eligible for a new program that would significantly slash or eliminate the debt. The move is possible through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program which was launched 15 years ago to help borrowers working in public servant-facing positions which include education, health care, emergency services, and others. Eligible borrowers will be credited for up to 10 years of monthly payments.
Mar 10, 2022
It’s time for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to get what they deserve. After a 2016 Duke University research paper revealed that HBCUs pay more for loans than other colleges and universities, Congress has decided to revisit the issue at hand and it looks like the change that is needed could soon come. Professor Bill Mayew — one of the researchers on the topic at hand — told AfroTech via email what all of this means for our beloved HBCUs. “Specifically, in an analysis of almost 1,000 colleges, about 10% of which were HBCUs , issuance costs for HBCUs were about 20% more than non- HBCUs because it’s harder for those underwriters to find buyers,” said Professor Mayew in regards to those exact findings. “As an example, our estimates suggest that to issue a $30 million bond, it costs an HBCU about $290,000, versus about $242,000 for a non- HBCU . This $48,000 difference is a significant financial burden. And this effect is much stronger in states that are known to...
May 17, 2021
With the Biden administration in office, the million-dollar question has been how President Joe Biden plans to use his platform to level the playing field when it comes to Black-owned businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic came in and shook up the world as we knew it, especially for Black entrepreneurs who, let’s just face it, already face obstacle after obstacle when it comes to scaling their businesses. “Build Back Better is the president’s view that we needed to do something right away in order to address the pandemic and the public and economic aspects of it, but it isn’t good enough to just get back to how things were before the pandemic,” said Bharat Ramamurti, National Economic Council Deputy Director for the Biden administration on the latest episode of Black Tech Green Money. Ramamurti says the Biden administration not only understands the need to reimagine the American economy but that it needs to get it right when it comes to Black entrepreneurs, Black techies, and Black...
Apr 20, 2021