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Recent policy changes are making accommodations for federal student loan borrowers.
More borrows may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Payment deferment has
been extended until January 31, 2022.
by Laura Hendrix - October 7, 2021
New rules recently went into effect for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). In
the past, it has sometimes been difficult to qualify but for a limited time, credit
may be given for past payments. Borrowers must work a combined average of at least
30 hours per week in government, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, or other not-for-profit
organization that provides a qualifying service. Federal loans must be Direct or Direct
Consolidation. Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans, Federal Perkins
Loans, or other types of federal student loans that are not Direct Loans, must be
consolidated into the Direct Loan program by Oct. 31, 2022. Past ineligible loan payments
may now count toward the 120 required total payments.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act granted forbearance
to federal student loan borrowers beginning in March of 2020 and the extended to January
31, 2022. Borrowers may continue to make payments but are not required to do so. Interest
does not accrue, and previous interest owed will not be added to the principal. For
all federal student loan borrowers, payment is paused until January 31, 2022. Private
loans may not be eligible. Be sure to update your contact information with your loan
service and in https://studentaid.gov. Now is a good time to plan for payments in 2022. Include the payment amount in
your monthly spending plan. Based on income and family size, an income-driven repayment
(IDR) plan may be available. Auto-debit, auto-draft or other payment information should
be confirmed and updated as needed.
For more details about Public Service Loan Forgiveness, payment deferment, and other
student loan repayment questions; visit https://studentaid.gov/
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