As of February 2022, the U.S. Department of Education is moving forward with a massive overhaul of the student loan servicing system.
The Department of Education services 43.4 million student loans in its federal student loan portfolio. You can find your federal student loan rules at studentaid.gov.
If you are a San Jacinto College student, alumnus/alumna, or employee, read on for important updates.
COVID-19 Student Loan Relief
Due to pandemic-related economic challenges, the Biden-Harris administration has extended the student loan repayment pause through Dec. 31, 2022. Payments will resume in January 2023.
Learn more: studentaid.gov/debt-relief-announcement/
Student Debt Relief Plan
Federal Student Aid and the Biden-Harris administration are offering loan forgiveness of up to $20,000 for prior Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for all other loan borrowers.
To be eligible, you must have an annual income below $125,000 (individual) or $250,000 (married couples/heads of household).
If the Department of Education doesn’t have your income data (or if you don’t know whether it does), the administration will launch a simple application in the coming weeks.
- studentaid.gov (check loan balances and Pell Grant status)
- studentaid.gov/debt-relief-announcement/ (view current loan forgiveness info)
- www.ed.gov/subscriptions (sign up for loan forgiveness updates)
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Some of your student loans may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Waivers of certain requirements will be available temporarily through Oct. 31, 2022.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness forgives the remaining balance on your federal Direct Loans after you’ve made 120 qualifying monthly payments while working full time for a qualifying employer.
Qualifying employers include…
- Emergency management
- Public safety
- Law enforcement
- Early childhood education
- Public health
- Public education
- Public library
- School library or other school-based services
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Elena Olivier, San Jac default loan coordinator, at 281-991-2645 or firstname.lastname@example.org.