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Student Loan Payments Suspended Until October 2021!

Student Loan Payments Suspended Until October 2021!

Student loan payments have been suspended until October 2021! President Joe Biden signed an executive order directing the Department of Education to extend the current freeze on payments and interest rates through the end of September 30, 2021.

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Student loan forbearance is a primary concern when it comes to pandemic relief because the average borrower owes between $200 and $299 per month. A recent Pew Study found that nearly 60% of borrowers said it would be difficult to restart their payments recently. According to the US Department of Education, about 20% of student loan borrowers are currently in default, which means they are not current on their payments.

In the official White House statement, it says, “Too many Americans are struggling to pay for basic necessities and to provide for their families. They should not be forced to choose between paying their student loans and putting food on the table.”

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Struggling with student loan debt? You’re not alone! You may be eligible for help from CareConnect USA’s secure federal student loan relief line. Call them at 888-201-0431 today!

The CARES Act forbearance has been extended.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that was passed in March 2020 provided temporary relief for those who owe student loans. This executive order is simply an extension of the payment and interest accrual suspension.

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What student loans are suspended during the pandemic?

The interest waiver covers all loans owned by the US Department of Education, including:

  • Direct Loans
  • Stafford Loans (both subsidized and unsubsidized)
  • Graduate Plus loans
  • Parent Loans

This does not cover any loans that are not owned by the government. Most Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL) and Perkins Loans are commercially held and not eligible.

How does this affect your student loans?

If you currently owe student loans, there are several things you need to know.

You do not need to make student loan payments.

The government is not making your student loan payments for you. During this time, payments are simply suspended and you don’t need to worry about payments or late fees during this time.

The interest rate is sent to 0% temporarily.

Even during normal forbearance periods, interest continues to accrue. During this suspension period, the interest rate is set to 0% and your loans are not accruing additional interest.

It stops collection on defaulted loans.

Student loans are notoriously difficult to escape. If you are facing collection for defaulted student loans, you will also get relief during this suspension.

Each month of the suspension counts toward loan forgiveness.

If you’re participating in a loan forgiveness program, don’t worry! Each month of the suspension counts as an on-time payment toward your loan forgiveness period. You don’t need to continue making payments in order to meet the requirements of your loan forgiveness term.

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This suspension is not loan forgiveness.

Many have expected President Biden to forgive thousands of dollars in student loan debt. If this happens, it will take more time because it will need to go through Congress and it faces opposition. This directive was much faster and provides immediate relief to people struggling through the pandemic.

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Nicole leads the Low Income Relief team with over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, eHow, Livestrong, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more.

Terrance Wiley

Monday 25th of January 2021

Good morning:

I am a government employee for the past 7 years working in Human Services. I am under two defaults on my student loan one in 2007 and the other in 2017. I did not sign anything acknowledging my default. In both cases, I did not even know I was defaulted due to my financial hardship in paying back my student loans. I graduated from Baylor College Seminary in 1999 when the loan was only $26,000. Now the Student Education Board has placed on interest and penalties to where my payback is @$144,000. For the past 2 years, I have been on their financial deferred hardship plan which I have to send in every 6 months by receipts and income tax returns for them to adjust my payments. I am an 80 percent disabled military veteran. My collection agency told me I cannot get on the 10 year/120 consecutive payment forgiveness for the student loan due to my default status. I do not know what I can do to get from this terrible situation? I am 65 years old and ready to retire. I need your help? My credit is @ 740 and if I would have known about the default clause I would not be in this predicament. What can I do!

Hannah Benge

Friday 29th of January 2021

We recommend talking to someone who can give legal advice on how to get out of this https://lowincomerelief.com/legal-aid/. But more importantly, we recommend you check herehttps://lowincomerelief.com/student-loan-forgiveness-disability/. We hope this helps!-Hannah

Natasha August

Saturday 23rd of January 2021

Thank you Nicole for providing basic common information that is sometimes difficult to understand, access & research!

Hannah Benge

Friday 29th of January 2021

You are so welcome. We are happy to help! Thank you! -Hannah