Student debt relief program no longer accepting applications after lawsuit blocks program

(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Education is no longer accepting applications for the student debt relief program as a result of Thursday night’s ruling from a Texas judge.

“Student loan debt relief is blocked,” the website for student debt relief says. “Courts have issued orders blocking our student debt relief program. As a result, at this time, we are not accepting applications.”

“We are seeking to overturn those orders,” the website says.

This is the first time a lawsuit has led the Department of Education to shut down its application. The earlier pause on the program brought about by a different lawsuit only affected the payments going out to borrowers, but still allowed people to apply and applications to be reviewed.

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