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Student loan debt forgiveness a game changer for some, but not others

Ann McWilliams borrowed tens of thousands of dollars to attend college – all in the name of helping people. 

The 47-year-old struggled with drug addiction in her early 20s, but by 30 she was in recovery and figuring out what to do with her life. McWilliams, who lives near the small towns of Kalispell and Whitefish in Montana, decided she wanted to become a mental health and addiction counselor. 

It would mean years of education – and borrowing money to pay for it. 

Ann McWilliams, 47, borrowed more than $100,000 to become a drug and mental health counselor. McWilliams, who struggled with drug addiction herself, wanted to give back to her community in rural Montana, but she is unsure how she’ll ever pay back what she owes on her current salary.

President Joe Biden’s offer to cancel billions in student loan debt will erase the entire balance owed by about 20 million people, barring any legal challenges or bureaucratic holdups. Another 23 million, including McWilliams, will have as much as $20,000 of their debt erased.

Will your debt be forgiven? How do I get my student loans forgiven? Qualifying for Biden’s debt relief, explained.

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