WASHINGTON - Millions of student-loan borrowers will be eligible to lower their payments and consolidate their loans under a plan that President Obama intends to announce Wednesday, the White House said.
Obama will use his executive authority to provide student-loan relief in two ways.
First, he will accelerate a measure passed by Congress that reduces the maximum repayment on student loans from 15 percent of discretionary income annually to 10 percent. The White House wants it to go into effect in 2012, instead of 2014. In addition, the White House says the remaining debt would be forgiven after 20 years, instead of 25. About 1.6 million borrowers could be affected.