DeVos suspends student federal loan payments through January

Betsy DeVos, 11th and current United States Secretary of Education. (Photo: Michael Vadon / CC BY 2.0)

(AP) — The Trump administration is suspending all federal student loan payments through the end of January and keeping interest rates at 0%, extending a moratorium that started early in the pandemic but was set to expire at the end of this month.

By extending payments by one month, the administration is effectively leaving it to the Biden administration or Congress to decide whether to provide longer-term relief to millions of student borrowers.

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The measure was included in a March relief package and the White House extended it in August, but its fate was in doubt amid stalemate over a new relief bill.

In announcing the extension, DeVos rebuked Congress for failing to act.