RATIONALE: Tens of millions of people in the United States hold student debt. According to the 2021 Federal Student Aid Annual Report, the federal student loan portfolio was grown over 17% between the 2017 Fiscal Year and 2021 Fiscal Year from $1,367,000,000,000 to $1,611,000,000,000 . Student debt exacerbates class, race, and gender inequalities. It reduces students’ access to education, and hinders them from taking jobs of their choice in the fields in which they were trained. It burdens our faculty and staff, who also carry student debt into their offices and classrooms. And most importantly, it’s unnecessary, as there are clear opportunities now for canceling that debt and reforming higher education finance to prevent students from incurring further debt. On April 6 2022, the U.S. Department of Education announced an extension of the pause on student loan repayment, interest, and collections through August 31, 2022 . But, our communities are suffering and need student debt cancellation now, more than ever. The idea of student debt cancellation has never been so popular. Now is the time to turn the payment pause into permanent cancellation.