Achieve Atlanta applauds the Biden Administration’s decision to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for Americans. Since 2015, we have supported nearly 4,500 Atlanta students–primarily Black and Latinx–to attend college, and 1,000 will have earned postsecondary credentials by the end of this year. Most Achieve Atlanta Scholars are Pell Grant recipients. This action will have a positive impact on their current and future lives.
The debt forgiveness removes barriers to social mobility for graduates, while also providing a lifeline for students who have debt but were unable to complete their degree.
Achieve Atlanta continues to advocate for systemic reforms, including expansion of need-based financial aid and the Biden Administration’s proposed changes to income-driven repayment, to make college affordable for current and future students.