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Private Student Loans now has access to Loan Forgiveness?

Melanie Meths A.|Loan Updates|June 07, 2024
Private Student Loans now has access to Loan Forgiveness?

The landscape of student loan forgiveness has evolved significantly, offering new opportunities for relief to both federal and private loan borrowers. Recent developments include major federal loan forgiveness initiatives by the Biden administration and a new private loan forgiveness application from Navient, a leading student loan servicer. Here's what you need to know to stay informed and make the most of these opportunities.

Private Student Loan Forgiveness: A New Hope for Defrauded Borrowers

For years, student loan forgiveness has primarily been available to federal loan borrowers. However, Navient has quietly introduced a new application process for private student loan forgiveness, specifically targeting borrowers who have been defrauded by their educational institutions.

Key Details of Navient’s Forgiveness Program

Navient's new forgiveness program mirrors the federal Borrower Defense to Repayment program, allowing borrowers to discharge private student loans if their schools engaged in misconduct. This includes false promises about admissions, career prospects, accreditation, and credit transferability.

  • Eligibility: Borrowers must prove that their school defrauded them.
  • Application Process: Contact Navient via email at or call their Office of Consumer Advocate at 855-545-4199, extension 998214, to request the school misconduct discharge application.
  • Supporting Documentation: Include as much evidence as possible, such as enrollment dates, loan balances, and details of the school's misconduct. Refer to lawsuits or public records if available.

This initiative is significant because it acknowledges the rights of private loan borrowers and offers a structured path to relief. However, it is limited to Navient-held loans, and other private lenders have yet to implement similar programs.

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness: Expanding Relief

The Biden administration has continued to expand federal student loan forgiveness, recently announcing $7.7 billion in debt relief for 160,500 borrowers. This relief is part of broader efforts to enhance existing federal programs.

Federal Programs Offering Forgiveness
  1. Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF): Available to borrowers working in public service jobs.
  2. Income-Driven Repayment (IDR): Adjusts monthly payments based on income, with forgiveness after 20-25 years of qualifying payments.
  3. Saving On A Valuable Education (SAVE): A new plan offering $0 monthly payments for eligible borrowers.

The administration has also approved close to $170 billion in student loan forgiveness to date, benefiting nearly 4.75 million borrowers.

Steps to Take
  • Verify Eligibility: Check if you qualify for PSLF, IDR, or SAVE programs.
  • Apply Promptly: Applications for some programs have deadlines, such as the IDR payment count adjustment available through June 30, 2024.
  • Stay Informed: Monitor communications from your loan servicer and the Department of Education for updates.

Navigating the Path Forward

Borrowers with private student loans from Navient should explore the new forgiveness application if they believe they were defrauded by their school. Meanwhile, federal loan borrowers should stay proactive in applying for available relief programs and keep abreast of new developments.

While the journey to student loan forgiveness can be complex, these recent initiatives provide hope and tangible relief options for many borrowers. By understanding and utilizing these programs, borrowers can take significant steps toward alleviating their student debt burdens.

If you need personalized assistance or have questions about your specific situation, our experts at LoanSense are here to help. Visit our website at to learn more about our services and get in touch. You may also check out our YouTube Channel for more informative discussions and topics related to student loan debt.

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