WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — The U.S. Department of Education is warning the public of possible scams related to the release of the president’s student loan forgiveness application. This app is expected to be released this month.

Washington News Bureau reporter Jamie Bittner asked Cardona when borrowers can expect the application to be released.

“That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it?” We know it will be released in October. We work to make sure we can produce something that the American people will go and find easily and quickly. And, you know, we’re doing a good job of getting this product ready and making sure it’s available to the American people soon. As I said before, it will be in October. But, you know, you can find more information at studentaid.gov/debt-relief. It will be shared when available. He’ll also share tips like this, the email we sent out yesterday telling people what not to look for or what not to do. It’s really important. So it will be out soon and we look forward to making sure we take care of the almost 43 million people who are eligible for debt relief,” he said.

The Biden administration sent an email on Wednesday reinforcing the scam warning.

Read the Biden administration’s full warning on scams here

“This email that was sent yesterday is really about making sure people understand what they should be doing, what they shouldn’t be doing. There are a lot of scammers out there and we want to be proactive and communicate with them. You know, that they (candidates) should only get information from our site. We want to do this before we launch so they are prepared and not susceptible to scammers trying to make a dollar out of American workers eligible for debt relief,” Cardona said.

Secretary Miguel Cardona said nearly 6 million people have signed up in a month to receive an email from the department when the app is officially released. He urges everyone to sign up for email alerts and then wait for the app to be released to take further action. All information will be available on studentaid.gov.

The Biden administration adds that borrowers don’t need to pay anyone to get debt relief, so beware of people asking for credit card numbers, account information, or passwords. pass.

“Anything that asks for a credit card number, anything that tells them they can walk them through this process is a scam. Listen, we’re making this process simple. We’re making it clear that studentaid.gov/debt- relief is where you get the information. If you’re on a URL and it doesn’t have studentaid.gov in it, that’s the wrong one. Stop it,” Cardona said.

The president announced the expansion of student loan forgiveness this summer.

The program is intended to benefit people earning less than $125,000 and households with less than $250,000 in income.

Pell Grant recipients can get up to $20,000 in relief.

Other borrowers could get up to $10,000.

The extension also freezes payment until December 31.

Meanwhile, the opportunity to receive a civil service loan forgiveness is ongoing until October 31, 2022.