The following links are intended to assist and direct you in the management of your Student Loan Debt. Please make sure your billing address is up-to-date for all entities providing you loans so you receive important notifications in a timely manner. The direct loans servicing agents are there to help the student borrower.
If you fail to make a payment on time, you are considered delinquent on your loans. If you do not make payments after a period of time (270 days for Direct Loans) you are considered to be in default.
We would like to help you avoid this situation. If you’re having trouble repaying your loans, you must contact your direct loan servicer. If you do not know which servicer you can find the information at nsldsfap.ed.gov . The servicer will explain your options and what program best fits your personal situation.
There are some things you should consider to help prevent going into default on your loans:
Borrow as little as possible
Understand your options and responsibilities with regard to your loans.
Keep a list of all your loans, including the lender, type of loan, amount of loan, and the interest rate.
Notify your lender promptly if you change your name, address, or return to school.
Contact your loan servicer if you are unable to make your loan payments; you cannot receive a loan deferment or forbearance once your loan is in default.
Consider a consolidation loan to combine all your educational loans into one loan. This might allow you to extend the term of the loan to reduce your monthly payment.
Being in default on your federal student loans has severe and long-lasting consequences:
The U.S. Department of Education can immediately demand repayment of the total amount due on the loan.
The U.S. Department of Education will attempt to collect the debt and may charge you for the costs of collecting.
The default will be reported to national credit bureaus. Your credit rating will be damaged, which will make it more difficult for you to make purchases such as a car or house.
You are ineligible for further Title IV student aid.
You are ineligible for deferments.
The Internal Revenue Service can withhold your federal income tax refund.