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Are you a Pell grant recipient? This is how to check as student loan forgiveness comes to the fore

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HOUSTON – When word of President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive student loans hit the news cycle on Wednesday, the qualification for the greatest amount of debt forgiveness hinged on whether someone is or was a Pell grant recipient.

As the Associated Press reported here, Pell grants were created by the Higher Education Act in 1965 as a way to promote access to education. Federal Pell grants are special scholarships reserved for undergraduates and certain other students with the most significant financial need. The grants generally don’t need to be paid back, but they often don’t cover the full cost of college — so recipients take out additional loans.

The Biden administration is targeting Pell grant recipients for additional forgiveness “to smooth the transition back to repayment and help borrowers at highest risk of delinquencies or default once payments resume,” according to the Department of Education.

Roughly 27 million recipients of Pell grants will now be eligible for loan forgiveness, the Associated Press reported this week.

But how can you know whether you are or were a Pell grant recipient — particularly if you’ve been out of school for some time?

We wondered the same thing. This is how to get the answer to that question.

1. Go to StudentAid.gov. We checked on Thursday morning and the website was extremely sluggish as we’re sure more than a few million folks tried the same thing. Be patient. We eventually made it through to the site after about a minute of waiting.

2. Open your account. If you don’t have an account, get yourself an account by registering on Create an Account (do this if you don’t already have one or yours went defunct after you left school).

2. Open your account. If you don’t have an account, get yourself an account by registering on Create an Account (do this if you don’t already have one or yours went defunct after you left school).

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Sourabh Verma franklin
Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.
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