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All You Need To Know About the US President’s Student Loan Program

A lot of people can already take advantage of a plan to help students repay their loans.

The program cuts down monthly bills to 10 percent of their income and exempts the debt after 20 years of payments. Previously, the provisions were only for those who have really low income compared to their debt and for those who got their loans after 2007. The administration made the program accessible to people no matter their income and the time they availed of the loan.

These plans don’t apply to all. These can be your guidelines:

Suitable loans: If the loan is not in default, any federal loan is qualified.

Payments every month: The computation is based on how much you earn above 150 percent of the federal poverty level. If you have a very low income, it is possible you would not be paying anything until your earnings will increase.

It is important to keep your financial information updated every year so as your income increases, you would be paying more. Remember that the amount you would be paying will depend on how much your paycheck changes over time.

Debt absolution: After 20 years have passed and you are still left with an amount, this will be wiped away. Your pardoned balance could end up being added to your income and thus increasing your position in the tax bracket.

When your plan is already income-driven: You can still change your plan even if you are enrolled in the older ones. Take note that if some interest are not settled, this will be added to the principal of your loan and can cause a higher interest. When you process old bank-based loans into the new plan, any payments you made previously wont be counted toward the time needed to be qualified for forgiveness.

Terms for graduate debt: If you have a loan for graduate school, you would need to pay payments for 25 years which is longer than the normal time of 20 years if you want the balance to be forgiven. This term was made in order for grad students, who are often borrowing more, to have a lesser cost of forgiving debt.

Marriage penalty: Those borrowers who marry cannot lower the amount of their payments by not including their spouse’s income, except if they are separated or are victims of domestic abuse.

Application process: You can choose from these options on how to apply. You can go to the website and electronically transfer information about your tax returns. If you prefer a paper application, you can inquire from your student loan servicer.

Source: http://www.largerfamilylife.com/2016/03/15/everything-you-need-to-know-before-your-child-goes-to-university/