Trump waives federal student loan interest in response to coronavirus

President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE said Friday that he had waived all federal student loan interest “until further notice” amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump said he had done so by executive action during a ceremony in the Rose Garden Friday afternoon.

“To help our students and their families, I have waived interest on all student loans held by federal government agencies and that will be until further notice,” Trump said. “That’s a big thing for a lot of students who have been left in the middle right now.” 

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Trump also announced at the ceremony that he would declare a national emergency over the virus, which will free up federal resources to help state and local governments respond to the pandemic. 

Several colleges and universities across the country have closed and shifted to remote classes amid the outbreak. Trump’s decision will help Americans who may struggle to keep up with student loan payments during the outbreak, which has rattled the stock market and sowed concerns about the adverse impact on the U.S. economy. 

Trump sought to project confidence about his administration’s response to the virus on Friday and said the country would “eventually turn a corner” on the virus.