Rick Scott opposes student loan forgiveness, says it’s not ‘fair’ to people like him

Rick Scott
'If they're going to run up (this) debt, they need to have a plan to pay it back.'

President Joe Biden continues to mull student loan forgiveness amid a suspension in payments dating back two years, but a Senator from Florida worries that would be unfair to those who didn’t incur such debt.

Sen. Rick Scott suggested that a move to forgive or cancel student loan debt would disadvantage people who “paid their way through school” as he did.

Scott made the remarks during an interview Wednesday on “The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.”

“I know I got the help of the GI Bill because I was in the U.S. Navy,” Scott said.

“But they went and worked full time. Or their parents worked full time, or their grandparents worked full time to pay their way through school so they had no debt.”

Scott, the richest member of the U.S. Senate, was adamant.

“If they’re going to run up debt, they need to have a plan to pay it back.”

Scott continued to press against forgiveness proposals during an interview Wednesday evening on Newsmax during an interview with Sean Spicer.

“With regard to saying for this small group of people that they get their debt forgiven when other people did what I did,” Scott said, talking again about the GI Bill.

“There’s people like us who did that around the country,” Scott advised. “They shouldn’t be treated worse than the people who went out and got these debts.”

Currently, payment deadlines for federal student loans are paused, with a moratorium in effect through August 2022. But pressure has mounted from Democrats for Biden to move forward with a plan for debt cancellation. More than $1.6 trillion is owed by 43 million people. As the Associated Press reported earlier this month, seven million Americans are in default.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday policy moves are imminent, and Biden “would make a decision about any cancellation of student debt before the conclusion of that pause on student loans” in August.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Aggie

    April 27, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    I doubt Rick Scott could be sold on forgiveness of anything for anyone that isn’t a big money campaign contributor or power broker.

  • Margaret Koscielny

    April 27, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Scott is incapable of uttering anything that is not mean-spirited.
    He ignores the fact that many of these loans had interest rates which have risen, outrageously, as well as the fact that the Federal Department of Education under Trump-appointee, Betsy DeVoss, seriously neglected the regulation of the entities servicing the loans. It is not the students’ fault that the totals have sky-rocketed.
    He is in Washington where he could get the Facts if he wanted to, but he prefers to grandtstand in order to further his impossible political dream of being President. He is not qualified for the Senate or the White House.

    • PeterH

      April 27, 2022 at 7:24 pm

      I totally agree Margaret. He has no idea how American graduates survive!

    • Jane Michael

      April 28, 2022 at 10:28 am

      He is not considering some of the people with these loans may have been the first to go to college in their family and did not have parents that went nor could afford to assist them in any way.

  • Getting hot

    April 27, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Rick: um Disney if you could like stop us from losing Money we Might go easy on you.
    Disney: haha nice try Rick.

  • Even more

    April 27, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    “It’s not fair to people like him”

    That’s exactly why I support it.

  • Tjb

    April 27, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Poor Rick Scott. He is worth 220 million dollars ($220,000,000) and he crying about his student loan. So sad.

  • Jeffrey Jones

    April 27, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Apparently Scott looks down on those not corrupt enough to steal their way to becoming the richest member of the Senate by buying the seat. That is the GOP way though, so we should hardly be surprised.

  • No money Rick

    April 28, 2022 at 2:43 am

    “It’s not fair to people like him”

    If it was me you would have gotten that GI bill taken away.

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