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Understanding The Path To Student Loan Forgiveness Buyback

The Education Department has recently introduced a groundbreaking initiative in the realm of student loan forgiveness, presenting a new avenue for public service borrowers seeking relief.

The PSLF Buyback Program

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This initiative involves a distinctive approach termed the “buyback” program, specifically designed to address certain deferment and forbearance periods, making them eligible for inclusion in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Anticipating a Pivotal Role

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While the utilization of this new option has been limited thus far, with borrowers opting for other available flexibilities like the IDR Account Adjustment, it is anticipated to play a pivotal role in the landscape of student loan forgiveness for participants in the PSLF program in the months and years ahead.

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Unveiling the PSLF Buyback Program

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The buyback program intricately ties into the PSLF program. This federal initiative promises borrowers a complete discharge of their federal student loans after completing 120 qualifying payments (equivalent to a decade) while employed for 30 hours per week or more by a qualifying nonprofit or government organization.

Stringent Eligibility Rules

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Traditionally, PSLF has been characterized by stringent eligibility rules, permitting only specific repayment plans on direct federal student loans to contribute to the loan forgiveness process and typically excluding periods of deferment and forbearance from consideration.

Marking a Significant Shift

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The introduction of new PSLF rules by the Biden administration in July marked a significant shift, allowing specific deferment and forbearance periods, such as hardship deferments, military-related deferments, AmeriCorps forbearances, and mandatory administrative forbearances, to count toward PSLF.

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Key Rules Governing PSLF Buyback

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Officially launched in October, the buyback program stands out as an additional mechanism enabling borrowers to retroactively include non-qualifying periods in their journey toward student loan forgiveness.

Minimum of 120 Months of Employment

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A prerequisite for initiating a buyback is a minimum of 120 months (or a decade) of approved qualifying employment, ensuring that buying back months aligns with achieving forgiveness and preventing unnecessary buybacks for non-eligible periods.

Certain periods cannot be brought back

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While many deferments and forbearances are eligible for buyback, certain periods, such as in-school or in-origination periods, post-graduation grace periods, and periods of default, bankruptcy, and post-disability discharge monitoring, cannot be bought back.

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Only Direct loans qualify for a buyback

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Notably, only Direct loans qualify for a buyback, and borrowers cannot buy back months on loans not in a Direct loan status, in a paid-in-full status, in a forgiven status, in a discharged status, or included in a Direct Consolidation Loan.

Determining Buyback Amounts

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The process of determining the equivalent amount for buybacks involves a nuanced calculation. The Education Department assesses what the payment amount likely would have been during the deferment or forbearance periods. If a borrower was in an Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plan during such periods, the department considers the lower of the two monthly IDR payments.

The Alternative

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Alternatively, if the borrower was not in IDR during the specified periods, they must submit tax returns and family size details for the department to calculate the monthly payment as if enrolled in an IDR plan during that time.

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Navigating the Request Process for PSLF Buyback

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The Education Department advises borrowers to exercise patience before submitting buyback requests, recommending that they wait until the completion of the IDR Account Adjustment. This adjustment has the potential to render buyback requests unnecessary for many borrowers.

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