A federal appeals court will allow a key part of Biden's student loan repayment plan to resume as the legal challenges against it unfold

Biden student loan repayment plan to resume amid legal challenges, federal appeals court rules

US President Joe Biden gestures after speaking about student loan debt relief at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin, April 8, 2024. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | AFP | Getty Images

A federal appeals court will allow a key part of President Joe Biden's student loan relief plan to resume as the legal challenges against it unfold.

In a Sunday ruling, 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals granted the Biden administration's request to stay an order from last week that temporarily blocked a provision of its Saving on a Valuable Education, or SAVE, plan.

The decision is a major win for President Joe Biden, experts say. The SAVE plan was his biggest accomplishment to date in delivering relief to millions of student loan borrowers. So far, around 8 million borrowers have signed up for the new income-driven repayment plan, according to the White House.

Last week, just as the Biden administration prepared to lower borrowers' monthly payments under the SAVE plan, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking it from doing so.

The Department of Justice quickly appealed.

The appeals court ruling will allow the Biden administration to go ahead with lowering borrowers' monthly payments.

Under SAVE, many borrowers pay just 5% of their discretionary income toward their debt each month, and anyone making $32,800 or less has a $0 monthly payment. On the other income-driven repayment plans, borrowers pay 10% or more of their discretionary income.

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This story originally appeared on: CNBC - Author:Annie Nova