Anyone who has graduated college within the last decade or so can tell
you just how big of a burden student loans have become. While paying them
off can take years and cost thousands, there are some options for relief,
including the possibility of having all or a portion of your loans forgiven!
A forgiven loan is one that has all or part of the balance cancelled at
no penalty to the borrower. Sounds great, right? Read on to find out if
you qualify, and if so, when it will begin.
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Student Loan Forgiveness Programs
Here are just a few of the most common and popular
student loan forgiveness programs:
Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Those who work in public-service careers could have the
entire remaining balance of their student loans forgiven after holding a qualifying job for 10
years. Borrowers must be on an income-based repayment plan (usually from
financial hardship) and have a strong history of making their payments
on-time. After 120 payments (10 years), the rest of the loan is forgiven.
Teacher Loan Forgiveness: The Teacher Loan Forgiveness program only takes half the time, but has
limits to how much actually be forgiven. How much you can be forgiven
depends on what type of teacher you are, but those who receive the maximum
relief can have up to $17,500 of their loans forgiven!
Perkins Loan Forgiveness: If you have taken out a Perkins loan (the program expired on September 30th of this year), and hold a position as a firefighter, police officer, librarian,
or work in another qualify occupation, you may be eligible to have your
loan forgiven after 10 years of service.
Income-driven Payment Plan Forgiveness: If you have suffered from a huge student loan debt burden in comparison
to your income, you may qualify for having some of your loan forgiven.
The Pay as You Earn program could help borrowers receive loan forgiveness
on their remaining balance after 20 years of payments (240 total monthly
payments). Those with federal loans which qualify for the REPAYE program
could receive forgiveness after either 20 or 25 years.
If you qualify for the Department of Educations definition of being
totally and permanently disabled, then you can apply to have your federal student loans discharged. This
can be done through the submission of a doctors certification of disability,
or through receipt of social security disability with a qualified re-evaluation period.
Forgiveness on your student loans may seem great, but it’s a real
downer when the tax man comes calling. Depending on the terms of the of
the specific discharge or forgivness, loan debt might treated as income
on your tax return for the year the loan is forgiven, and you might be
responsible to pay taxes on the amount forgiven. It's important to
consult with a certified tax professional that can look at the totality
of your financial circumstances to determine your potential tax liabilities.
(We do not provide tax advice)
For more information about debt forgiveness, talk to our
student loan lawyers today at (888) 301-0584.