Feelings about Student Loan Forgiveness are Complicated

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I appear monthly on South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s “In The Moment” program, hosted by Lori Walsh. In a recent segment, she asked me to address the emotions around student-loan forgiveness, especially for those who had no debt or did not qualify for such programs.

For someone who never borrowed money for college, who paid off their student loans, or whose education debt was not eligible for loan forgiveness, what might it feel like to witness others having a portion or all their college loan debt forgiven? These emotions are shaped by personal experiences, beliefs, and circumstances, and the range of possible responses may surprise you: