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GOP critics of Biden’s loan forgiveness call it ‘astonishingly unfair.’ Here’s how much college tuition cost at their alma maters when they graduated compared to now.

  • Biden announced a student loan relief plan, which would forgive up to $20,000 per borrower. 
  • Several GOP lawmakers were critical of the relief program. 
  • Here’s the difference in tuition then and now  critics graduated from undergrad. 

Several Republican lawmakers have criticized President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan.

However, many Republicans graduated from universities that had a significantly cheaper cost to attend compared to recent years. 

“Biden’s debt transfer scam will make inflation even worse and does nothing to stop the runaway cost of college for most families,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, said in a tweet. “Americans cannot afford Democrats’ radical agenda.” 

On Wednesday, Biden announced that Pell Grant recipients making under $125,000 could have up to $20,000 in student loans forgiven and other federal borrows making less than $125,000 could have up to $10,000 forgiven. 

Following Biden’s announcement, several GOP lawmakers criticized the relief calling it a “scam” and “astonishingly unfair.”

McCarthy graduated from California State University, Bakersfield in 1989. At the time, the university’s tuition for in-state students was $795. The tuition for the 2020/2021 school year was $5,742 for in-state residents. That cost does not include room and board and other fees. 

And this is not unusual. 

Since 1980 the cost of undergraduate education including tuition, fees, room, and board, increased by 169%, a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found. 

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene told NewsMax that it’s “not fair” for taxpayers to pay off student loans. 

“And taxpayers all over the country, taxpayers that never took out a student loan, taxpayers that pay their bills and maybe even never went to college and are just hardworking people, they shouldn’t have to pay off the great big student loan debt for some college student that piled up massive debt going to some Ivy League school. That’s not fair,” Green said in the interview.

Greene graduated from the University of Georgia in 1996. When she graduated tuition and fees at the school were $836 for each term for in-state residents. In comparison, for the 2022/2023 academic year, tuition and fees for in-state residents come to $11,180. 

In the aftermath of Biden’s order, Gaetz reposted a July episode of his Firebrand Podcast where he said: “Instead of wiping away student loan debt with a presidential executive order, we ought to allow people who are victims of predatory systems to declare bankruptcy.”

Gaetz graduated from Florida State University in 2003, when tuition and fees were $2,684.40 for in-state students for the academic year. Now, it’s $5,656.