'Bumpy ride' expected for federal student loan borrowers as repayment approaches

The COVID-19 era federal student loan payment pause is set to end on Aug. 31. Americans owe about $1.7 trillion in student loan debt.

SEATTLE — The pause on federal student loan payments and interest freeze that has been in place for more than two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic is set to end on August 31.

The Trump administration initially gave Americans the option to suspend loan payments in March 2020, and Congress made it automatic soon after. The pause was extended twice by the Trump administration and twice more under Biden.

But without additional extensions, millions of Americans will be asked

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