The federal government’s student aid website crashed on Wednesday after President Biden announced $20,000 in student loan relief for Pell Grant recipients and $10,000 for other borrowers.
The site, studentaid.gov, was still down due to “high volumes of visitors” around 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
“A lot of people are interested in our website. As a result, some pages may take longer to display than usual. Thank you for your patience,” a message read at the top of the website once a user gets through.
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Down Detector, which monitors outages, was receiving hundreds of reports every 15 minutes starting around noon on Wednesday.
The Department of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the website on Wednesday.
Biden announced the student debt plan in the early afternoon on Monday, saying that he is delivering on a campaign “commitment.”
The White House estimates that up to 43 million Americans will receive student debt handouts.
A Penn Wharton Budget Model estimated that forgiveness of $10,000 for borrowers who make less than $125,000 will cost around $300 billion for taxpayers.
The progressive flank of the Democratic Party was pushing for the president to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for each borrower, which would carry a price tag of $980 billion, according to the Penn model.
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