Here's how Elizabeth Warren's student loan debt forgiveness plan would work

Here's how Elizabeth Warren's student loan debt forgiveness plan would work

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election, wants to cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt and make college cheaper for students going forward. She has called for the House to begin impeachment proceedings for Donald Trump while other 2020 candidates have remained largely silent on the issue. Depending on their income, 75 percent of student loan carriers would have their debts fully forgiven. People with incomes above $250,000 would not be eligible. For some education pathways, such as medicine or engineering, taking out student loans is an investment that can later turn into a high-paying job that will allow the student plenty of income to pay off those debts.

"It's a problem for all of us", she wrote in a post on Medium, adding that student debt is preventing many people from buying a home or starting a business. When it's all said and done, about 95 percent of borrowers will see a reduction in their student-loan debt.

Student loans are now the largest portion of consumer debt in the United States. The average amount of debt was $29,859, according to the Institute for College Access and Success. Americans now owe an estimated $1.5 trillion in student loans and the debt-relief alone will cost up to $640 billion or about $2,000 per person. She has previously proposed using roughly $700 billion of that money to provide universal child care and early childhood education. "And in the aggregate, what she's proposing is probably not feasible", Ritz continued, saying that in order to implement her policies, Warren's proposals might require a tax on the middle class.

Her plan involves cancelling up to $50,000 of student loan debt for 42 million Americans.

"The education system once successfully equipped students with the skills necessary to enter the workforce, and particularly gifted or those interested in an academic track continued on to college", she writes. "It's time to make different choices", Ms. Warren said.

On the conference call, Bharat Ramamurti, a policy aide on the Warren campaign, said the proposal had broad swaths of support and that the campaign was "optimistic" about the proposal's chances of passing once it is introduced in Congress.

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But the evidence certainly suggests that the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" argument against Warren's proposal is tone-deaf at best and historically ignorant at worst - and that, at the very least, it is worth renewing the commitment by state governments to subsidize their local colleges and universities.

Ms. Warren's plan is the most detailed and aggressive so far in attacking that mountain of debt, which is estimated to total $1.5 trillion owed by almost 45 million borrowers. Sanders' plan would cut interest rates from 4.32 percent to 2.32 percent and would ensure interest rates would never exceed 8.25 percent.

Her proposed policy would cancel up t0 $50,000 of student debt for individual Americans.

Warren connected the policy proposal to her background getting a degree from a commuter college after she got married.

The policy would also help close racial wealth gaps in the US, according to an estimate provided to the campaign by Arizona State University assistant professor Raphael Charron-Chenier and Brandeis University law professor Thomas Shapiro.

According to an analysis by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman who worked with Warren on the plan, the wealth tax would pull $2.75 trillion into government coffers over 10 years. Warren justified the link by asserting that higher education financing has always been crimped by tax cuts for wealthy Americans and corporations. Warren will visit Cedar Rapids again on Thursday and Tipton on Friday.