Smith speaks to News Center Maine about Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan
Connie Smith, director of financial aid at the University of Maine, was interviewed by News Center Maine about President Joe Biden’s plan to relieve student debt, whereby people who attended a college or university will receive $10,000 in federal loan relief if they make less than $125,000 a year. Smith said that though it will help students struggling to pay off debt, more should be done to address the larger issue of college affordability. “I do think it’s a bit of a Band-Aid. My hope is that after we get through this particular phase that there’s a lot of work done around maybe reconstructing the loan programs,” Smith said.