Here are details CNN has learned of Biden’s new plan, including how much will be forgiven and who is eligible.
The plan applies to federal student loan borrowers.
How much forgiveness will they get?
Individual borrowers who make less than $125,000 yearly and married couples or heads of households who make less than $250,000 yearly but did receive a Pell grant as an undergraduate student will have up $20,000 of their student loan debt forgiven.
What steps do eligible borrowers have to take?
Nearly 8 million borrowers may be able to receive debt forgiveness automatically because the Department of Education already has their income information, FSA says.
The Biden administration will launch an application in the coming weeks for borrowers to provide their income information or if borrowers are unsure if the department has their income information already. FSA says the application will be available before the federal student loan repayment pause ends on December 31.
How will future repayments for remaining debt work?
Student loan repayment will be paused again until December 31, 2022, with repayments starting in January 2023.
The rule would also increase the amount of income that is considered “non-discretionary income” so no borrower earning below 225% of the federal poverty level will have to make a monthly payment.
For borrowers with loan balances of $12,000 or less, loan balances would be forgiven after 10 years of payments instead of the current 20-year mark, under the proposed new income-driven repayment plan.
And to help prevent a borrower’s loan balance from growing while the individual makes monthly payments, under the proposed rule the Biden administration would cover unpaid monthly interest, even if the monthly payment is $0 due to the borrower’s income level.
This story has been updated with additional information.
CNN’s Katie Lobosco contributed to this report.