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Biden’s student debt relief plan: What does it mean for Louisiana borrowers?

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)— As President Biden’s plans for student debt relief continue to unfold, data released by the US Department of Education on Tuesday estimates more than 40 million people will receive assistance, including 600,000 borrowers in Louisiana will be eligible for assistance.

Following the Biden Administration’s announcement last month to bring up, LBJ sat down with

White House Officials say the impact of the forgiveness plan could provide relief to nearly 40% of all Louisiana adults who attended college. According to a White House fact sheet, the relief will provide up to $20,000 to Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 to other borrowers.


Five ways student loan borrowers can prepare to apply for forgiveness

WGNO’s LBJ sat down with Rachel Thomas, the Senior Communications Advisor for Policy at the White House, to find out more about the plan and what it means for Louisiana. Watch the full interview in the player below.

FULL INTERVIEW: White House official talks student debt relief in Louisiana

The Department of Education also released an estimated amount of eligible borrowers by state. See the full data in the table below. To learn more about the plan and to find out how to apply, click here.

Eligible student borrowers by state

State or JurisdictionEstimated Number of Borrowers Eligible for Student Debt Relief (rounded to the nearest hundred)Estimated Number of Pell Borrowers Eligible for Student Debt Relief (rounded to the nearest hundred)AK                                    60,500                                          37,300AL                                  588,000                                        404,900AR                                  365,600                                        269,000AS                                       2,000                                            1,500AZ                                  810,800                                        554,900CA                               3,549,300                                     2,340,600CO                                  698,100                                        419,000CT                                  454,200                                        238,200DC                                  105,600                                          60,300DE                                  116,900                                          68,000FL                               2,427,600                                     1,716,300GA                               1,506,100                                     1,039,100GU                                       6,900                                            4,500HI                                  111,500                                          65,700IA                                  408,700                                        248,900ID                                  201,400                                        144,900IL                               1,486,600                                        863,600IN                                  856,400                                        555,500KS                                  360,900                                        225,500KY                                  563,300                                        394,000LA                                  608,100                                        435,200MA                                  813,000                                        401,200MD                                  747,100                                        419,400ME                                  175,000                                        105,300MI                               1,316,000                                        849,300MN                                  729,700                                        416,300MO                                  777,300                                        502,200MP                                       1,400                                            1,000MS                                  417,200                                        316,400MT                                  120,400                                          78,600NC                               1,190,500                                        785,500ND                                    82,000                                          49,600NE                                  232,100                                        136,000NH                                  175,100                                          85,300NJ                               1,082,900                                        590,300NM                                  215,900                                        159,000NV                                  315,800                                        216,900NY                               2,258,800                                     1,320,100OH                               1,677,800                                     1,085,700OK                                  454,300                                        321,600OR                                  499,000                                        332,100PA                               1,717,300                                        988,800PR                                  275,500                                        241,900RI                                  133,900                                          75,300SC                                  681,100                                        458,400SD                                  109,100                                          65,100TN                                  795,300                                        542,000TX                               3,323,200                                     2,306,700UT                                  282,700                                        206,300VA                                  965,100                                        566,500VI                                       7,800                                            4,700VT                                    72,200                                          37,100WA                                  697,600                                        423,800WI                                  685,100                                        412,700WV                                  213,100                                        145,000WY                                    49,600                                          31,400Other                                    10,900                                            7,400Unknown                               3,770,600                                     1,376,000

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