STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — San Joaquin Delta College announced Friday that the Board of Trustees voted earlier this week to forgive a total of $3.6 million in student debt for all past and present students.
The move comes after the school distributed more than $7.5 million in emergency grants and loaned out hundreds of laptops and textbooks through the use of federal COVID relief funds.
Students who have holds placed on their records due to outstanding charges will now be able to re-enroll in classes and finish their education, according to the college.
“I’m grateful to Delta’s Board of Trustees for taking this action and for putting students first,” said president and acting superintendent Dr. Lisa Aguilera Lawrenson. “Many of our students struggle to pay their bills and put food on the table, which makes it all the more difficult for them to reach their educational goals. We absolutely must do everything we can to help them persevere.”
President Joe Biden is facing an avalanche of pressure over his administration’s plans to require millions of Americans to resume student loan payments in the coming weeks.
Student loan payments were initially paused nationwide in March 2020 under a moratorium enacted by then-President Donald Trump, which has been extended several times under the Trump and Biden administrations.
In recent days, the White House has drawn widespread blowback as advocates and progressives implore the administration to push back, or forego entirely, a February date to lift a pandemic forbearance on student loan payments.