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Did My Tuition Fees Go Up?

  Happy New Year ya’ll! Spring semester is here and as I was going over my course schedule and deciding whether to drop a course, I noticed that my tuition fees had drastically increased. I typically take two courses since this is what my stipend covers but previously I decided to add a third one. After thinking that this may not be a good idea due to my busy schedule I decided to drop the course but not before I realized that my fees had gone up by over $2K! I do remember there being some talk about the increase of fees and there being an open forum regarding this but I was not expecting the increase to be so expensive! Figure 1: This is a thumbnail from my latest YouTube video on “Did My Tuition Fees Increase?” where I am looking at the camera with a confused look. I am wearing a gray and black dress and my hair is short, black, and curly.   In case you did not know tuition fees include things like the gym, health services, the counseling center, and other services on campus that ser

What's Biden Doing for Student Loan Forgiveness? (You May Already Qualify!)

 



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A hot topic right now in politics is the Biden Administration and student loan forgiveness. I myself have been keeping up with all headlines regarding this matter because like most of you all I have a student loan balance. While the balance is small compared to most folks, it’s still a balance and where I’m at currently in my debt free journey. In case you were unaware, about two weeks ago a report came out that President Biden asked Michael Cardona, the Secretary of Education to write a memo regarding the legalities of him being able to forgive student loan debt through an executive order and how much can be forgiven.

Biden’s main buzz around his campaign to become president was that he would forgive $10,000 in student loan debt. However, now democrats are pressuring him to forgive at least $50K but Biden seems to be unsure about this citing that he would rather go through Congress, which is very unlikely to happen. According to this student loan plan, Biden would allow those with student loans who make under $125K to be eligible for student loan forgiveness. In case you were unaware, two groups of people have already qualified for student loan forgiveness.

Individuals with disabilities declared totally disabled and those who attended for profit schools who have gone out of business have recently received student loan forgiveness. While there is, no timeline on when a decision will be made it seems as if something will most likely happen by September 30, as this is when the moratorium regarding no payments and interest accrual will end.

If you’re like me and paying off your debt you’re probably wondering if you should pay your student loans with student loan forgiveness seemingly being so close to actually happening. My personal views for myself are that until I hear the news that loans are being forgiven I plan to pay them. What do you think? Should we hold off on paying or take advantage of no interest? Check out the video below for more information.

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