If you’re repaying a Federal Family Education Loan — Stafford (subsidized and unsubsidized), SLS, PLUS, or Consolidation — you may be able to postpone — or defer — your principal payments.
If you have a subsidized (interest paid by the government) loan, you won’t be charged interest during the deferment. If your loan is unsubsidized, you’ll be responsible for the interest on the loan during the deferment period.
You may be eligible for deferment under certain conditions, such as:
- At least half-time study at a postsecondary school
- Study in an approved graduate fellowship program or an approved rehabilitation training program for the disabled
- Seeking but unable to find full-time employment
- Economic hardship
- Military service
Contact your lender or loan servicer for a Deferment Request Form or click here
. The completed froms should be returned to your lender or loan servicer.
Specific eligibility requirements apply for each category. If the lender determines that you do not qualify, you still may be granted forbearance — a temporary delay in making payments. But you’ll be responsible for the interest during forbearance. Ask your lender for details.
If you’re having trouble repaying, contact the Delinquency Resolution Team. We’ll review available options and provide solutions for you. Contact us at 1-800-888-0741 or firstname.lastname@example.org
, or visit Mapping Your Future