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Extension of the Income-Driven Repayment Waiver

Melanie Meths A|Loan Updates|May 21, 2024
Extension of the Income-Driven Repayment Waiver

As of May 16th, we have some significant updates in the realm of student loans that every borrower should be aware of. These updates pertain to income-driven repayment plans, consolidation opportunities, and new relief measures proposed by the Biden administration. Here’s a detailed look at what’s happening and how it might affect you.

Extension of the Income-Driven Repayment Waiver

First and foremost, the Department of Education has extended the income-driven repayment (IDR) waiver. This waiver offers a crucial opportunity for borrowers with Family Federal Education Loans (FFEL) and Parent PLUS Loans. By consolidating these loans into Direct Loans, you can get prior payments counted towards repayment, which could significantly reduce the time until your loans are forgiven under an income-driven plan.

The new deadline for this consolidation opportunity is June 30th, 2024. This extension is particularly beneficial for those who took out loans many years ago and had their loans serviced by private companies. Consolidating these loans now allows all prior payments to count towards the 20- or 25-year repayment terms, depending on the specific income-driven plan you choose.

For those needing assistance with the consolidation process, resources are available both through our services and directly at Understanding which loans to consolidate can make a significant difference in your repayment journey, and expert guidance can ensure you maximize the benefits of this waiver.

Biden’s Proposal for Interest Forgiveness

Another major development is the Biden administration’s proposal to forgive up to $20,000 in accrued interest for borrowers earning under $120,000 annually (or $180,000 for those filing as head of household, and $240,000 for couples). This proposal aims to address the burden of interest that has caused many borrowers to owe more than their original loan amounts due to the accrual of interest on unsubsidized loans.

The rationale behind this proposal is rooted in the issues with interest capitalization that many borrowers face. Before the introduction of the SAVE program, any unpaid interest would capitalize, meaning it would be added to the principal balance and accrue even more interest over time. The SAVE program has put an end to this capitalization, but many borrowers still struggle with large amounts of accrued interest from before this change.

The administration is currently in a public commenting period for this proposal, gathering feedback on how best to implement this relief. Once the commenting period ends, the Department of Education will finalize the rules for this forgiveness program. This measure is targeted at borrowers who have seen their loan balances grow disproportionately due to periods of deferment, forbearance, or other financial hardships.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Updates

For those pursuing Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF), there are important updates regarding the management of this program. The PSLF program will soon transition from being managed by Mohela to direct oversight by the Department of Education. This change is expected to streamline the process and improve the accuracy of payment counts for borrowers working in public service.

If you are a public servant, it is crucial to continue submitting your PSLF application annually to ensure your payments are accurately counted. During this transition period, the Department of Education will temporarily hold applications and will not review them until mid to late July. Once the transition is complete, the Department will take over the processing of these applications directly.

Key Takeaways

  1. Income-Driven Repayment Waiver: Extended to June 30th, 2024. Consolidate your FFEL and Parent PLUS Loans to benefit from prior payment counts.
  2. Interest Forgiveness Proposal: Up to $20,000 in accrued interest forgiveness for qualifying borrowers. Public commenting is currently open.
  3. PSLF Management Transition: The PSLF program will move to direct management by the Department of Education. Submit your applications annually and expect a temporary hold on reviews until July.

These updates represent significant opportunities for student loan borrowers to reduce their debt burden and move closer to financial freedom. Stay informed and take action where necessary to make the most of these changes. For personalized assistance and more information, visit

We are here to help you navigate these updates and ensure you are making the best decisions for your financial future. If you have any questions, please reach out to us. Stay tuned for more updates and educational content to help you manage your student loans effectively.

Thank you for staying informed with us.

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