President Trump’s proposed budget could have some serious consequences for individuals carrying student loan debt. In fact, student loan debt seems to be a major part of the President’s proposed fiscal year 2020 federal budget, which was sent to Congress on Monday.
The proposed fiscal year 2020 budget includes various cuts and changes to federal student loan programs. In addition, the budget includes a 10 percent total decrease in Department of Education Funding. The total cuts end up being $62 billion, which is $7.1 billion less than what the DOE had allotted in funds for the 2019 fiscal year.
Many financial experts worry what these changes could mean for student loan costs, as well as college expenses. Not only would the budget proposal raise costs for attending college, it could also result in a significant increase when it comes to student loan debt.
An estimated $1.5 trillion in student loan debt is owed nationwide. However, it is estimated that this new budget could force borrowers to pay an additional $207 billion more on their student loan debt on top of this already astronomical amount.
One part of the proposed budget eliminates the subsidized student loan program. Students who are enrolled in school could discover that they are accruing interest on their loans even though they are still enrolled in school. Currently, if a student is enrolled in school, they do not accrue interest on their loans, which means these students could be in for a rude awakening if the proposals go through. Adding interest while students are attending college could increase the cost of attending college or even graduate school for these students.
President Trump’s budget proposal also eliminates the public service loan forgiveness program, which has been law since the President George W. Bush era. Many graduates utilize this program as a means of eliminating their student loan debt by entering the public sector and taking jobs as prosecutors, public defenders, legal aid attorneys, police officers, firefighters and civil servants. Taking a lower paying job with the end goal of eliminating tens of thousands in student loan debt pales in comparison to the alternative of being stuck with student loan debt for decades. However, this option may no longer be available for these borrowers if the budget is approved.
The proposed budget does call for quicker loan forgiveness with respect to undergraduate student loans. The budget proposal includes the possibility of student loan debt being forgiven after 15 years instead of the current 20-year term.
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