Department of Education releases beta version of student loan forgiveness application

The Department of Education released a beta version of the student loan forgiveness application Friday evening.

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According to The Washington Post, the beta version of the student relief application was released ahead of a full rollout in order to test out the “viability of the platform” ahead of time.

The portal application will be available on and off during the beta testing period as the Department of Education’s technical team will be going in at different times to assess, redefine and complete maintenance, according to the Washington Post.

If you try to apply when the application is paused, try again later or you can wait until the full rollout, according to the Post.

According to CNN, there won’t be any changes to the application during the pause, just the functionality of the website and website software.

We’re accepting applications to help us refine our processes ahead of the official form launch. If you submit an application, it will be processed, and you won’t need to resubmit,” the Department of Education said on their Federal Student Aid website.

According to the Department of Education, individuals who made less than $125,000 in 2021 or 2020 and families that made less than $250,000 in 2021 or 2020 are qualified. You can start applying Friday evening but no later than December 31, 2023, so just a little over a year.

The application will information about debt relief, who qualifies for it and how it works, according to CNN. You will also have to provide information including full name, social security number, date of birth, phone number and an email address.

According to CNN, once the website has officially launched, the White House is expected to make an announcement to spread the word along with digital influencers.

To apply for federal student loan debt relief or to get more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website. More information can be found on the Department of Education’s website.

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