What Illinois student loan borrowers should know as payments resume
This month, more than a million borrowers statewide will have to start coughing up student loan payments for the first time since 2020.
Why it matters: The three-year pause on payments gave more than 40 million U.S. borrowers a reprieve during the pandemic. But now they'll have to factor payments into monthly budgets.
- Illinois borrowers owe an average of $38,198 in student debt, above the $37,338 average owed nationwide.
Catch up fast: President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan, which would have relieved up to $20,000 in federal debt per borrower, was struck down by the Supreme Court in June.
- In July, Biden sought a new route, announcing that certain borrowers who have been paying for decades — including about 28,450 in Illinois — were approved to have that debt forgiven.
Zoom in: People in their mid-20s to mid-30s make up the largest share of Illinois residents with federal student loan debt, according to Education Department data.
- Yes, but: Those ages 35 to 49 owed more money.
Be smart: Late payments won't be reported to credit bureaus nor hurt borrowers' credit scores through Sept. 30, 2024.
- But student loan advisors still recommend making payments if possible, as interest will be accruing.
- Use this Axios explainer to figure out your student loan status.
- Borrowers can also calculate repayments with Federal Student Aid's loan simulator.
Plus: Borrowers can sign up for a new income-driven repayment plan, the SAVE plan, which the White House estimates will save the typical borrower about $1,000 per year.
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