Student loan repayment can be confusing and challenging for college students, especially those who will soon be graduating. If you have any questions regarding student loans or any other financial matter please schedule a FREE and confidential appointment with Powercat Financial Counseling today! Remember the best source of information about your student loan repayment is to contact your lenders or loan servicers directly for information and options.
Check out the archived workshop video about Student Loan Repayment.
How do I find out how much I have borrowed?
You can view your FAFSA issued federal student loans at StudentAid.gov by submitting your FSA ID username and password information. NOTE: the FSA ID replaces the Federal Student Aid PIN. If you already have a PIN, you can link your information to your new FSA ID by entering your PIN while registering for your FSA ID. (This will save you time when registering for your FSA ID.) However, a PIN is not required to create an FSA ID. Your private loans will not be included in this list. You should contact your servicer or lender listed on your Federal Student Aid report or log into their website to access specific information about the loans you have.
If you are not sure who your lender is, you can get your free credit report from www.annualcreditreport.com which will list all of your creditors including any private lenders.
Why am I being required to take student loan 'exit counseling'?
The Office of Financial Assistance is required to have every student complete exit counseling. It is used to educate borrowers on their rights and responsibilities and provide information to enable them to determine which repayment option best fits their individual financial needs. It will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete and is a good starting point for understanding your repayment options.
What are my repayment options?
See the repayment options for federal direct loans. New repayment options for federal loans include Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay As You Earn Repayment plans. Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL) and private loans will have different repayment options and you should contact the lender for those available options.
How much will my student loan payment be?
Sign in to use the Repayment Estimator on StudentAid.gov to see your specific loan balances, the estimated monthly payments, and the total interest paid for each payment plan option. You can also see more financial calculators based on other repayment options.
How can I determine a budget with my student loan payment?
After running one of the above calculators to estimate your student loan repayment amount, simply fill out our student loan repayment form to see how your student loan payment will fit into your monthly budget. The end result will let you know how much money you can allocate toward other monthly expenses.
Should I consolidate my loans?
Learn more about traditional direct loan consolidation and check out loan consolidation in the federal direct loan program to see if it's the right choice for you with regard to your federal student loans. Be sure to read the Frequently Asked Questions about loan consolidation. In certain circumstances, consolidation may not be your best option. Also check with your existing loan holder or servicer to determine consolidation options that are available and the consequences of consolidating each of your loans.
What are some of the circumstances where federal loans can be forgiven?
Some loan forgiveness programs include but are not limited to:
- Performing public service work
- Performing military service
- Teaching in certain types of communities
- Practicing medicine in certain types of communities
To find out whether you qualify, talk to the human resources staff at your employer to verify that your employment qualifies and talk to your loan servicer to ask about eligibility and to apply for loan forgiveness, cancellation or discharge.
NOTE: some, but not all, loan forgiveness is excluded from income – consult with your tax advisor.
Volunteer organizations also may offer loan forgiveness including programs such as: