STATEMENT: Young People Did Not Vote to ‘Pause’ Student Debt, We Voted to Cancel It.


April 6, 2022


Carmel Pryor

WASHINGTON — Today, Biden announced he will extend the moratorium on federal student loan payments through the end of August. While the extension is helpful, it is simply not what was promised by Biden, nor is it what young people voted for in 2020. President Biden is not delivering on his campaign promise to forgive student loan debt, ignoring one of the top issues of young people – the very people he owes for his 2020 win.  

The 2020 election demonstrated how Gen Z and Millennial voters are reshaping the structure of American politics. The surge in voting turnout by young people propelled President Biden’s victorious campaign run. Young people are looking to President Biden to not only deliver on his promise, but to use his executive authority to cancel student debt because we are in a massive student debt crisis with 44 million people across the United States owing more than $1 trillion in student debt – disproportionately affecting Black families, especially Black women. 

“There is no doubt that the Biden Administration felt pressure from many young people across the country – including the youth organizers in the Alliance Network who joined hundreds of young people at the U.S. Department of Education this week – to take action on the student debt crisis. But young people did not propel Biden to victory in 2020 for a ‘pause’ or a ‘deferment’; we voted for a cancellation. President Biden owes a debt to young people, and we came to collect. Today’s announcement made August 31st our next Dreams Not Debt campaign action date, and youth organizers will continue to sustain the pressure to ensure President Biden cancels student debt – all of it.” said Dakota Hall, Executive Director for Alliance for Youth Action.  

If you are interested in speaking with Executive Director Dakota Hall about the organization’s Dreams Not Debt campaign please reach out to Carmel Pryor (