President Joe Biden speaks about student loan debt forgiveness in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Aug. 24, 2022, in Washington. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona listens at right. Many have cheered President Joe Biden's proposal to provide student loan forgiveness to millions of Americans as a significant step toward addressing the nation's racial wealth gap and other inequities facing borrowers of color. Credit: Evan Vucci / AP

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Matthew Gagnon, in his Aug. 31 opinion column, claimed that President Joe Biden’s student debt relief plan makes those who have paid off their loans “look like a sucker.” This is an abrasive stance and lacks perspective.

Student loan forgiveness will provide struggling borrowers with the opportunity to escape from a lifetime of debt repayment, but Gagnon claims that the growing cost of college is the real problem. While this belief has merit, tuition across the country will not lower overnight. Student loan forgiveness can help people now.

Furthermore, Gagnon fails to acknowledge the new income-driven repayment plan, which allows borrowers to make payments that do not exceed 5 percent of their monthly income. Gagnon seems intent on shaming individuals struggling with student loan debt, something he chalks up to “terrible choices,” but Biden’s new plan is a step in the right direction.

Communication major

David Ledford

University of Maine