Sometimes it’s necessary to borrow for major purchases like your education, a car or a home. Keep in mind that you might not need to borrow the entire amount of money that is offered to you. Borrow only what you absolutely need and give the rest back. Whether borrowing federal or private student loans, students should be aware of the details of their loans.
Before You Borrow Student Loans, Ask Yourself:
- What will I purchase with the borrowed money?
- Is it necessary to accept the full amount that is offered?
- When does the repayment period begin?
- Can I come up with some of the money another way?
- What is my interest rate going to be? What is a good interest rate for this loan?
- How long will it take to repay this loan?
Loan Repayment Resources
- Federal Student Loan: Repayment Plans
- Federal Student Loan: Deferment and Forbearance
- Federal Student Loan: Repayment Estimator
Federal Student Loan Repayment Video
View Your Student Loan Borrowing History
Next to “Loan Type” you will see a column named “Make a Payment”. Your federal student loan servicer will be listed, and if you click the link, you will be directed to their website.
Your federal student loan servicer is the organization that will collect your payments. In the meantime, visit their website and create an account with them. It would be beneficial to call and speak to one of their representatives to learn about what repayment plans you may qualify for and also how repayment will work.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
PSLF is a federally funded program that encourages people to work full-time in public service jobs. About 25% of Americans do! Your remaining balance of your Direct Loans will be forgiven after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments while working full time for a qualifying employer.
- Public service job
- Full-time employment
- Qualifying loans (Direct Loans only)
- Qualifying loan repayment plan
- On-time monthly payments made after 10/1/07
*The amount forgiven is tax exempt! Find out more at myfedloan.org