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Originally Published: Feb 27, 2023
Originally Published: Feb 27, 2023 Last Updated: Feb 28, 2023 8 min read
Student in front of supreme court building holding up sign that says student loan relief is legal
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Student loan forgiveness gets its ultimate day in court today, with the Biden administration defending its plan to cancel debt for millions of borrowers before the Supreme Court.

Attorneys will present their positions for and against the legality of loan forgiveness — and the justices will grill them — in back-to-back arguments for the two legal challenges that have made their way to the top court. Many borrowers, meanwhile, will be looking for hints about what may end up happening with their debts.

When the justices eventually rule on the challenges later in the term, they’ll answer if the administration can move forward with canceling up to $20,000 of federal student loan debt for millions of borrowers.

The ruling, and its timing, will likely also determine when student loan payments will resume after they’ve been paused for nearly three years at this point.

Legal experts say there's a limit to how much you can garner from an oral argument, but it’ll nonetheless be interesting to see how justices frame their questions about the challengers’ standing to sue and the executive branch’s authority to cancel debt, among other issues. Here’s what to watch.

Are the justices skeptical that the challengers have standing?