WATCH: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defends student debt forgiveness plan

The White House defended the new plan announced by President Joe Biden that would give many Americans up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt forgiveness.

Watch the briefing in the player above.

That amount increases to $20,000 if they qualified for Pell grants.

“What I would say is that we believe we are on strong legal ground in taking this action,” said Deputy Director of National Economic Council Bharat Ramamurti. “Of course, people can challenge actions in court. It happens all the time. It happened to this administration. It’s happened to every administration in history. It’s going to be up to the courts to to decide whether those are valid claims or not. But we believe that we’re on very strong legal ground.”

Borrowers qualify to have up to $10,000 forgiven if your loan is held by the Department of Education and you make less than $125,000 individually or $250,000 for a family.

The payment freeze will be extended one last time, until December 31.

The freeze started in 2020 as a way to help people struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic and it’s been extended several times since. It was set to expire Aug. 31.

Interest rates will remain at 0 percent until repayments start. Under an earlier extension announced in April, people who were behind on payments before the pandemic automatically will be put in good standing.

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