The Biden Administration’s Plan for Student Debt Relief Could Benefit Tens of Millions of Borrowers in All Fifty States

On Sept. 20, the White House released state-by-state data on how the Biden Administration’s plan for student debt relief will benefit borrowers in all fifty states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Last month, President Biden announced his Administration’s plan to give working and middle-class Americans more breathing room by providing up to $20,000 in debt relief to Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 to other borrowers. The Biden Administration expects that over 40 million borrowers are eligible for its student debt relief plan, and nearly 20 million borrowers could see their entire remaining balance discharged.

The Biden Administration’s student debt relief plan will help borrowers and families recover from the pandemic and prepare to resume student loan payments in January 2023. Nearly 90% of relief dollars will go to those earning less than $75,000 per year – and no relief will go to any individual or household in the top 5% of incomes in the United States. By targeting relief to borrowers with the highest economic need, the Administration’s actions are also likely to help narrow the racial wealth gap. Nearly 71% of Black undergraduate borrowers are Pell Grant recipients, and 65% of Latino undergraduate borrowers are Pell Grant recipients.

The below analysis from the Department of Education includes state-by-state data on the estimated number of individuals eligible for student debt relief, and the estimated number of Pell Grant borrowers eligible for relief.

In the coming weeks, the Department of Education will release additional details on how individuals across the country can benefit from the Administration’s student debt relief plan. For more information, visit StudentAid.gov/debtrelief.

State or JurisdictionEstimated Number of Borrowers Eligible for Student Debt Relief (rounded to the nearest hundred)Estimated Number of Pell Borrowers Eligible for Student Debt Relief (rounded to the nearest hundred)
AK                                    60,500                                          37,300
AL                                  588,000                                        404,900
AR                                  365,600                                        269,000
AS                                       2,000                                            1,500
AZ                                  810,800                                        554,900
CA                               3,549,300                                     2,340,600
CO                                  698,100                                        419,000
CT                                  454,200                                        238,200
DC                                  105,600                                          60,300
DE                                  116,900                                          68,000
FL                               2,427,600                                     1,716,300
GA                               1,506,100                                     1,039,100
GU                                       6,900                                            4,500
HI                                  111,500                                          65,700
IA                                  408,700                                        248,900
ID                                  201,400                                        144,900
IL                               1,486,600                                        863,600
IN                                  856,400                                        555,500
KS                                  360,900                                        225,500
KY                                  563,300                                        394,000
LA                                  608,100                                        435,200
MA                                  813,000                                        401,200
MD                                  747,100                                        419,400
ME                                  175,000                                        105,300
MI                               1,316,000                                        849,300
MN                                  729,700                                        416,300
MO                                  777,300                                        502,200
MP                                       1,400                                            1,000
MS                                  417,200                                        316,400
MT                                  120,400                                          78,600
NC                               1,190,500                                        785,500
ND                                    82,000                                          49,600
NE                                  232,100                                        136,000
NH                                  175,100                                          85,300
NJ                               1,082,900                                        590,300
NM                                  215,900                                        159,000
NV                                  315,800                                        216,900
NY                               2,258,800                                     1,320,100
OH                               1,677,800                                     1,085,700
OK                                  454,300                                        321,600
OR                                  499,000                                        332,100
PA                               1,717,300                                        988,800
PR                                  275,500                                        241,900
RI                                  133,900                                          75,300
SC                                  681,100                                        458,400
SD                                  109,100                                          65,100
TN                                  795,300                                        542,000
TX                               3,323,200                                     2,306,700
UT                                  282,700                                        206,300
VA                                  965,100                                        566,500
VI                                       7,800                                            4,700
VT                                    72,200                                          37,100
WA                                  697,600                                        423,800
WI                                  685,100                                        412,700
WV                                  213,100                                        145,000
WY                                    49,600                                          31,400
Other                                    10,900                                            7,400
Unknown                               3,770,600                                     1,376,000

Read Tahyira’s story here about how life after a college degree from a white university, massive debt, and no one to hire her due to the recession – led to her creating this site, News In Progress.

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