Applications for student loan relief are open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A beta version of the Biden administration’s student loan forgiveness app has launched.

Borrowers can now apply for loan forgiveness at United States Department of Education website. To apply, all you need to do is provide your name, social security, phone number, date of birth, and email address.

Once this information is provided, the government will indicate “next steps” and contact borrowers if further information is needed. When a borrower is approved, they will be notified by their loan service provider if relief has been applied, reported The Hill.

The website is a beta launch, which is a testing period before the official launch. It looks like the app teaser that was shared by the White House on social media earlier this week. A Department of Education spokesperson said there was no benefit to completing the beta version over the official launch.

“We are accepting applications to help us refine our processes before the official launch of the form. If you submit an application, it will be processed and you will not need to resubmit it,” the Department of Education’s federal student aid office said on the website.

The beta app will occasionally shut down for the department to assess its operation, the spokesperson said. If you can’t access the app, check back later to see if it’s back online.

There’s still no launch date for the official app, according to The Hill.

Borrowers who earn less than $125,000 per year and couples whose combined incomes are less than $250,000 per year and whose loans are not held by a private entity can apply.

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