A Reform of Public Service Loan Forgiveness?

With student loan payments resuming in less than two months, it’s a good idea to start preparing sooner rather than later.

Student Loan COVID Forbearance Ends Jan. 31st

With student loan payments resuming in less than two months, it’s a good idea to start preparing sooner rather than later.

PHEAA/FedLoan is exiting the federal student loan business

On July 8th, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) announced that it will not renew its contract with the Department of Education. After December 14th, they will no longer service the federal student loans, including those of PSLF pursuants.

Don’t wait to “phone a friend” for student loan advice

For those pursuing PSLF, they’ve had the added benefit that these months of forbearance have counted toward their 120 qualifying payments required for forgiveness. The economy, however, remains fragile, and many are wondering what will happen as student payments resume in the coming months—not to mention the end of expanded unemployment benefits for millions of Americans.

So what’s the solution? Where do we go from here?

Bastille Day: The Democratic Approach and Student Debt

Bastille Day: The Democratic Approach and Student Debt

For those pursuing PSLF, they’ve had the added benefit that these months of forbearance have counted toward their 120 qualifying payments required for forgiveness. The economy, however, remains fragile, and many are wondering what will happen as student payments resume in the coming months—not to mention the end of expanded unemployment benefits for millions of Americans.

So what’s the solution? Where do we go from here?

A brief history of Public Service Loan Forgiveness

For those pursuing PSLF, they’ve had the added benefit that these months of forbearance have counted toward their 120 qualifying payments required for forgiveness. The economy, however, remains fragile, and many are wondering what will happen as student payments resume in the coming months—not to mention the end of expanded unemployment benefits for millions of Americans.

So what’s the solution? Where do we go from here?

Student loans and the importance of leisure time

Student loans and the importance of leisure time

Studies have shown a strong correlation between debt and anxiety, especially student debt. Greater debt tends to be reflected in a greater amount of anxiety, which hits folks like physicians—who already have high-stress, demanding jobs—especially hard. Couple that with the added catastrophic strain of a pandemic on healthcare professionals and you’ve got a one-two punch to your mental health.

So what’s the solution? Where do we go from here?

PSLF and combating student debt

PSLF and combating student debt

When Congress passed the CARES Act in 2020, it placed all federally-owned student loans in forbearance, freezing all payments, interest accrual, and income recertifications. That means if you have Direct, Perkins, PLUS, FFEL, or HEAL loans owned by the Dept. of Education, they’re on hold until the end of September 2021. Any privately-held loans, unfortunately, do not count.

Held hostage by your student loans?

When Congress passed the CARES Act in 2020, it placed all federally-owned student loans in forbearance, freezing all payments, interest accrual, and income recertifications. That means if you have Direct, Perkins, PLUS, FFEL, or HEAL loans owned by the Dept. of Education, they’re on hold until the end of September 2021. Any privately-held loans, unfortunately, do not count.

Income recertification extension – Part 2

When Congress passed the CARES Act in 2020, it placed all federally-owned student loans in forbearance, freezing all payments, interest accrual, and income recertifications. That means if you have Direct, Perkins, PLUS, FFEL, or HEAL loans owned by the Dept. of Education, they’re on hold until the end of September 2021. Any privately-held loans, unfortunately, do not count.