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In order to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, you must make 120 “qualifying” payments. This can be tricky, because not all payments are “qualifying” payments.
- First, for a payment to be considered “qualifying”, you must be working for the right kind of employer. Generally, this includes government entities, nonprofit 501(c)(3) entities, and other not-for-profit organizations providing qualifying public services. Ordinarily, you may be required to submit an annual certification from your employer stating that the employer qualifies.
- Next, you must have the right kind of loan. Generally, you would need a Direct loan from the Department of Education. If you do not have a Direct loan, your loans may not qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
- Finally, you must be actively paying on your student loans under either an income-driven repayment plan or a 10-year standard repayment plan. Switching between payment plans may cause you to lose qualifying time in some cases. Additionally, consolidating your loans can cause a complete reset of your qualifying time.
We’ve found that Public Service Loan Forgiveness can be tricky to navigate without an attorney. Many of these applications are denied. Sometimes this is because the application is filled out incorrectly. Sometimes the application has insufficient documentation. We get many calls from people who had their application denied. That’s why we suggest you have a lawyer, if possible.
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