Federal Student Loan Websites
Federal Student Loan Websites
What is financial literacy?
Financial literacy is defined as:
Smart financial management includes a few basic good habits. If you are a student, you may already have a checking account, a credit card, or maybe even a car loan. When heading off to college, you may also need to borrow student loans to help finance your education. But have you determined your financial goals and established good financial habits? Here are a few tips to get you started.
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How to Make a Payment
Making payments on your student loan with Nelnet is easy! With options to pay anytime, anywhere, you can manage your account your way. We offers a variety of payment options, including automatic debits (ACH), to let you choose a method that’s convenient for you. And, if you wish, we can send you text alerts to confirm or remind you to make your payments! See details below.
You may have more than one student loan account with Nelnet (account numbers start with D, J, or E). Within each account, your individual loans are grouped according to the characteristics they have in common. For example, loans of the same type and interest rate will be in a group together. When you make a payment, it is typically applied proportionally across the account’s groups that have an amount due. However, if all of your loans are current (not past due), you can request that your payment be applied only to specific loan groups.
We send you a monthly statement for each account about three weeks before a payment is due. Your monthly statement and online account at Nelnet.com will show your amount due and due date for that account. If you have multiple accounts, it’s possible you may have different due dates. If you make your monthly payment online, you’re able to make a single payment for all of your accounts. If you wish to mail a payment, you must send it to the address on your statement. Feel free to call us anytime to request that we align the due dates on all of your loans to a date between the 1st and 28th of each month.
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By Karen Weise March 24, 2014
Whether students leave college with a degree or without one, they face a dizzying array of challenges—where to live, how to get a job, and increasingly, how to repay their loans. Five organizations, including the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and Young Invincibles, have a proposal that aims to answer that last question with a streamlined and automated alternative to the complex system of repaying loans.
As of now, and with few exceptions, borrowers must start paying back their loans six months after they leave school and repay according to a standard 10-year schedule. If their monthly payment is too high, things get complicated quickly. The government has six other repayment options. Two are pretty straightforward: Borrowers can reduce monthly costs either by extending payments over 25 years or by keeping the 10-year period but starting with smaller monthly payments that gradually increase over time.
Four more plans tie payment schedules to how much the borrower earns, each with different thresholds, eligibility, and terms. Those plans are far from perfect, but advocates for student borrowers generally like them because they provide graduates with flexibility and typically forgive the remainder of the debt after 10 to 25 years. For a long time, the Department of Education struggled to get students to use the plans, though recently borrowers are signing up in greater numbers.
The proposal rolls up a number of suggested improvements into one comprehensive attempt to fix the two biggest problems: the complexity of having so many options, and the relatively low participation by borrowers. Not unlike the successful effort to encourage automatic enrollment in retirement savings plans, the groups advocate what they call “auto-IBR,” short for income-based repayment. The plan would change the default payment option from the standard 10-year term to a repayment schedule that’s tied to a percentage of the borrower’s income and eventually forgives the remaining balance after a certain period of time. It also suggests the payments be automatically deducted from a borrower’s paycheck, similar to the way Social Security is collected, an idea championed last year by Representative Tom Petri, a Republican from Wisconsin.
The plan recommends various ways to make this work. One option is to require borrowers to pay 18 percent of everything they earn above $25,000 a year; another sets the payment level at 10 percent of income above $10,000 a year. The proposal also suggests longer terms for borrowers who take out a lot of debt, at least $50,000 or $60,000 in different scenarios. That’s to minimize giving a disproportionate benefit to students who borrow a lot—looking at you, law students!—and could see huge amounts forgiven. While this all may sound a bit complicated, it’s far simpler than the current situation.
Because there are serious consequences for falling behind on your payments, contact your loan servicer immediately. They can help you develop a plan to bring your loan current again.
You can estimate your payments with various interest rates and loan terms using this calculator.
You can estimate your payments under various repayment plans using this calculator.
This calculator can help you determine if you qualify for the Income-Based Repayment(IBR) plan. IBR is designed to make payments more affordable for borrowers.
This calculator can help you determine if you qualify for the Income Contingent Repayment (ICR) plan.The Income Contingent Repayment plan is based on your Adjusted Gross Income.
Both deferments and forbearances give you a break from monthly payments for a set period of time. Many options are available to meet a variety of needs. If you are having difficulty making payments and want to see which options fit your specific situation, log in to your account and click Postpone My Payment to see which deferment or forbearance works best for you. Of course, you can also call us at 888.486.4722 to talk through your options.
If you are experiencing financial hardship, go back to school, are unemployed, or are on active duty military service, postponing payments with deferment may be right for you. Subsidized Stafford loans and subsidized consolidation loans will not accrue additional interest, so your balance after the deferment period will be the same as when it started. However, for unsubsidized Stafford loans, PLUS loans, SLS loans, or unsubsidized consolidation loans, interest will accrue during the deferment period, so it’s wise to pay at least the interest on your loan each month. This will prevent your interest from being capitalized, or added to the principal of your loan, essentially increasing your total balance and requiring you to pay more in the long run.
If you work an internship, perform certain types of community service, or find yourself experiencing financial hardship, you may be qualified to postpone payments with forbearance. All loans accrue interest during forbearance, so it’s smart to pay at least the monthly interest during this period to avoid interest capitalization. Forbearance resolves any delinquency on the account—log in to your account and click Postpone My Payment to see if you’re eligible. You can also call us at 888.486.4722.
The federal government has allowed for these deferment options. Read on to see if these situations apply to you. Remember—just because you are eligible for a deferment does not mean you are required to request it; if you feel you can make payments on your loan, you are encouraged to do so.
If you serve on active military duty in the Armed Forces or National Guard, you may be eligible for this deferment or other student loan benefits for members of the military.
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