Biden's plans to cancel student loan debt invite legal scrutiny

Biden's plans to cancel student loan debt invite legal scrutiny


As the Biden administration drops hints that it may move to cancel student loan debt with or without Congress, questions about Biden’s legal authority to do so have arisen.

President Joe Biden promised to address student loan debt on the 2020 campaign trail, but in office, he has mostly said he’s waiting on Congress to act first. Though that stance seems to have shifted in recent weeks, experts are divided on whether or not Biden can legally shift student loan debt via executive order.

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“It’s a simple question, and the answer is no,” said GianCarlo Canaparo, a senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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