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A way to ease student loan debt without sticking taxpayers with the bill: How about a trade?

BY debraabritt

Marguerite Roza
Published March 16, 2021 in Forbes

What if there were a way to provide relief for student loan debt without sending the bill to taxpayers?

In this commentary, Marguerite Roza proposes a trade: for each $10,000 in debt relief, recipients agree to postpone by one year the age at which they’re eligible for federal retirement benefits. In exchange for up to $40,000 now to pay off student loans, recipients would waive Social Security and Medicare benefits for up to 4 years.

Since Social Security and Medicare benefits run an average of $30,000 per year, the delay in benefits payments would save the government much more than the $10,000 paid up front for college loan debt. Not only does this plan address the college debt issue, it could put SS/Medicare back on a financially sustainable path.

The trade should be completely optional and open to all Americans for generations to come.


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