We’re returning to the topic of student debt after this week’s arguments before the Supreme Court over the Biden administration’s student debt relief program. Risa Lieberwitz, AAUP’s general counsel and a professor of labor and employment law in the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and Jenna Sablan, AAUP’s senior program officer for government relations, weigh in on what happened at the high court this week and what's next.
In August, the Department of Education announced that borrowers with federally-held loans making less than $125K for individuals or $250K for households would be eligible for up to $20,000 in debt relief to Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 in debt relief to non-Pell Grant recipients. On February 28, the justices heard two cases challenging the debt relief plan, one from six Republican-led states and one from two individuals.
The episode is hosted by Mariah Quinn, AAUP's digital organizer.