Forgiving Student LoansStudent debt is one of the most high rising crises in America, essentially the amount of money American students owe to debt ranges to about $1.48 trillion. Statistics have shown that Americans now owe more money in student debt than in credit cards. One of the most asked questions upon Americans is “should student debt be forgiven?” There are many benefits that can come with forgiving student debt that can not only affect the students but it could also improve the economy by spurring economic growth. These loans play a large effect on our economy by preventing people from participating and investing into it. If these loans were forgiven, it would have an extremely quick effect on the economy by causing rates to increase. In the article Would Loan Forgiveness Stimulate the Economy the author states, “He argues that this would have a multiplying effect, that “tax revenues would go up, the credit markets will unfreeze and jobs will be created” and that “the fastest way to revive our ailing economy is to do something drastic to get consumers to spend”. Robert Applebaum and Student Nation claim in their article Forgive Student Loan Debt: Five Years On ” Because of this debt, more than 40 million Americans are not buying houses or cars, starting businesses or families, or otherwise to contributing to rebuilding the economy.” The authors express that this large percentage of Americans in Avalos 2debt can possibly be holding back economic growth. Those who have met the requirements can be qualified to be forgiven of student loans after 20 years. Within that expansion of time it’s not likely the economy will will increase by much. Forgiving such a large percentage of student debt could give extreme benefits to the economy’s growth. Student Debt Relief states in an article “Borrowers of new loans starting in 2014 will qualify to make payments based on 10% of their discretionary income. New borrowers would also be eligible for student loan forgiveness after 20 years instead of 25 on qualifying payments.” If a student dies their loans can be completely dropped depending on what kind of school they may go to. Private schools for example do not offer the same protection liability as other schools and may not forgive the student loans even if the student dies. Many programs are created to help those who struggle with student debt, along with government involved work which can pay off one’s student loans. Becoming a teacher is one way to forgive student loans, teaching for a full five academic years. For teachers around $5,000 of student loans can be forgiven; for highly qualified teachers in subjects such as math, science, or special education, up to $17,500 in student debt can be forgiven. The military offers a variety of options to help those pay off their student loans depending on what branch one is in. For example the army offers to pay up to $65,000 worth of student loans and the air force offers to pay $10,000 worth of student loans. The Army will invest 33.33% of one’s due loans, allowing up to $65,000 worth of loans to be accomodated. National Guard may invest Avalos 3up to $50,000 worth of student loan forgiveness. Rebecca Safier, a journalist from Student Loan Hero, explains, ” Members of the National Guard could receive up to $50,000 in military loan forgiveness. You must enlist for a minimum six-year term of service. Navy students are offered $65,000 worth of student loan forgiveness and immediate assistance. The Air Force offers 33.33% of forgiveness to student loans through their Students Loans Repayment program. Other government related jobs such as nursing or being a police officer. Student debt has increased dramatically over the years, causing a crippling effect on our economy. Ryan Gorman quotes in his article How Student- loan debt is dragging down the economy, “The less people spend, the slower the economy’s recover will be.” This may also reduce the production of business in which the economy relies on. Small businesses make up around 60% of jobs. Americans are unable to invest into the economy such as purchasing houses or cars due to a large amount of their income being consumed by debt. Those who are faced with the burden of trying to repay student debt usually tend to have low credit scores which then causes mortgage lenders to deny service. Not only can affect one’s eligibility for purchasing a home but it could reduce the amount of jobs. In the article The economic side Effects of the student loan crisis the author states, “Young adults have traditionally been one of the primary drivers of U.S. Avalos 4economic growth, as they significantly ramp up their productivity and consumption post-graduation and into their 30s and 40s. They may spend and produce less than those in their 50s, but their spending and productivity levels have typically grown faster than those of older adults, fueling gross domestic product (GDP) growth.” Forgiving student debt can help those feel stable and benefit growth of the economy by possibly allowing those who were in debt to be more economically involved and feel more financially confident. Jade Scipioni quotes, “On the campaign trail, Trump proposed student loan forgiveness after 15 years of repayment. However, Trump and his Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’ initial education budget have sought to eliminate current loan forgiveness programs.”Essentially economic growth along with those who suffer from student loan debt can be beneficial when granted forgiveness. Benefits of forgiving loans can vary from increasing the economy by multiples to helping young college student become more confident and financially stable.