Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a student relief program for 1.4 million Michigan residents. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program will allow residents to receive debt relief without having to bill it as taxable income for loan forgiveness. Usually when debt is forgiven the IRS taxes the money.
Whitmer says it’s an effort to make higher education more affordable. The state says the program is possible because of the American Rescue Plan. Students who receive loans between 2021 and 2025 are also eligible.
“Tax-free student loan forgiveness could benefit up to 1.4 million Michiganders and help keep money in their pockets,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Michigan PSLF recipients who serve their community will not be taxed for any amount of student loan relief they have received. In Michigan, we value the hard work that all our citizens put in to get the education they need. I will work with anyone to keep lowering the cost of higher education and help students not go into debt in the first place.”
Some requirements for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program are residents who work in public service, qualifying nonprofits and government agencies
As of July, 7,000 Michigan residents had $406 million in loans forgiven under the plan.
New applicants can apply at studentaid.gov by October 31.
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