Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Can I change repayment plans?

Yes. Most borrowers may change repayment plans at any time. Borrowers who are required to repay under the ICR plan must make three consecutive monthly payments before switching to another plan. There is no limit to the number of times borrowers may change plans.

A borrower may change to the ICR plan at any time. After the switch, the borrower's repayment period will be 25 years, less any time spent in the ICR and the Standard repayment plan. Time spent in several other plans may not count towards the 25 year maximum.

A borrower may change to another plan as long as the new plan has a repayment term longer than the amount of time the borrower has already spent in repayment. The new repayment term is determined by subtracting the amount of time a borrower has spent in repayment from the term allowed under the new plan.

(Source: loanconsolidation.ed.gov)