Biden’s student loan forgiveness: A timeline of legal challenges facing the plan

President Joe Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness plan is facing several lawsuits at various stages. Here’s a look at a timeline of those legal challenges. (iStock)

President Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness plan has faced a series of legal challenges, including a recent block by a federal appeals court. 

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in St. Louis, issued an injunction on Nov. 14 extending a temporary block that was placed on the loan forgiveness plan in October. 

The move was part of just one lawsuit against the plan. In total, six lawsuits have been filed

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Should I Cancel My Student Loan Refund Now That Biden’s Forgiveness Plan Is on Hold?

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The Biden administration’s one-time student loan forgiveness plan has been blocked by courts, leaving many borrowers to wonder what they should do with their student loan refund.

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A COVID-19 relief bill made it possible for borrowers who made payments on their federal student loans to request a refund. After Biden announced his plan to forgive up to $10,000 to $20,000 per borrower, those who paid down their balance below that limit during the

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Judge blocking Biden’s student loans relief made a glaring error

At the end of this summer, President Joe Biden made good on a campaign pledge by announcing a plan that would erase approximately $430 billion of the $1.6 trillion in student debt held in this country. But last week, a Trump-appointed federal judge concluded that Biden’s student loan relief program is an illegitimate use of presidential authority, a ruling that brings into clearer focus a battle between a frustrated president, a recalcitrant Congress and the federal judiciary. 

As many as 26 million people have already applied for student loan forgiveness under the program that now stands in legal limbo, because

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Texas court blocks Biden’s student loan forgiveness policy

A federal judge in Texas on Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s student debt forgiveness policy, ruling that it goes beyond the authority of the Education Department and the power of the executive branch — a decision that marks the second major legal obstacle to the program, which had hoped to begin implementation this fall.

The U.S. district judge, Mark T. Pittman, was appointed by former President Donald Trump, and the lawsuit was brought in October by the conservative Job Creators Network Foundation.

The debt cancellation program was already on hold, unable to discharge any loan payments because of a temporary

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Biden’s student loan handout will ‘go down in flames’ if case reaches Supreme Court, experts say

Legal challenges to President Biden’s massive student loan handout are likely to head to the Supreme Court, which will take down the administration’s unconstitutional plan, experts tell Fox News Digital.

Biden’s plan, which aims to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for Pell Grant recipients in college and up to $10,000 for others who borrowed using federal student loans, is set to cost taxpayers over $400 billion. Since the administration’s announcement, a handful of legal challenges have been filed in courts across the nation, as states and advocacy groups work to halt Biden’s plan.

Carrie Severino, president of

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Judge vacates Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan : NPR

President Biden speaks about student loan debt relief at Delaware State University last month. A judge in Texas blocked Biden’s plan to provide millions of borrowers with up to $20,000 apiece in federal student-loan forgiveness.

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President Biden speaks about student loan debt relief at Delaware State University last month. A judge in Texas blocked Biden’s plan to provide millions of borrowers with up to $20,000 apiece in federal student-loan forgiveness.

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President Biden’s plan to erase federal student loan debts for tens of millions of borrowers hit a legal wall Thursday,

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What to know about Biden’s student loan forgiveness application : NPR

President Biden and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced a sweeping plan for student debt relief in August.

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President Biden and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona announced a sweeping plan for student debt relief in August.

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President Biden’s student loan forgiveness application is now officially open, and borrowers can begin applying for up to $20,000 in debt cancellation.

The U.S. Education Department published a beta version of the form last week, in order to test and find problems with the site

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