Repaying student loans
You’ve received your diploma for your secondary education – now what? It’s time to start the process for student loan repayment, which is not something you want to put off. Delinquency can destroy your credit and cause you to go deeper into debt. If you default on your loans (meaning delinquency for 270 days), the government will begin to intercept your tax refunds and garnish your wages. Anyone who co-signed the loan will also be open to this, and because there is no statute of limitations on federal loans, the government can sue you at any time.
Depending on the conditions of your student loans, you will need to begin repayment after you’ve graduated, dropped out, or dropped to part-time student status, typically six months out. Make sure you understand all of your student loan repayment options and the various programs offered to federal student loan borrowers, including consolidation.
If you are unable to meet the terms of your repayment, you may want to consider deferment or forbearance. Depending on your line of work or situation, you may be eligible for student loan forgiveness as well.
Get more information on income-based, standard, and extended repayment plans, plus other options for repayment. There are a number of programs available to work with your current budget.
If making payments now is not an option, you may qualify for deferment or forbearance. There are pitfalls to delaying payments, however.
Student loan consolidation eases the payment process and can improve your interest rates. Find out more pros, but also cons, on school loan consolidation here.
If you are working in public service or have extenuating circumstances, you may find that your loans could be forgiven after a period of time.