Federal, State and Alternative Educational Loan Information:

News!  Federal Student Loan “Debt Relief Plan” Explained

The Biden-Harris Administration’s Student Debt Relief Plan Explained, August 24, 2022.

Visit https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief-announcement/.

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Borrowers:

Attention!!!  Borrowers are advised to apply before November 15th in order to receive relief before the payment pause expires on December 31, 2022. 

– Consult the Department of Education’s “Who is my loan servicer?” web page for instructions. Or visit your account dashboard and scroll down to the “My Loan Servicers” section, or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) at 1-800-433-3243.

– Check your Pell Grant history and Loan history.  You’ll find this information on your aid summary page once you’ve logged into studentaid.gov  with your FSA ID.

– To be notified when the process has officially opened, sign up at the Department of Education subscription page.


 

Student Loan Debt Relief Plan Highlights –

  • Application deadline December 31, 2023. 
  • Individuals who are single and earn under $125,000 will qualify for the $10,000 in debt cancellation.
  • If you’re married and file your taxes jointly or are a head of household, you qualify if your income is under $250,000.
  • Eligibility is based on your adjusted gross income. Income figures from either 2020 or 2021 can render you eligible, but 2022 income will not.
  • If you received a Pell Grant and meet these income requirements, you could qualify for an extra $10,000 in cancellation.
  • Your relief is capped at the amount of your remaining outstanding debt, regardless of your AGI income qualification.
  • Only federal student loan debt is eligible. This includes PLUS loans, whether parents or graduate students took them out.
  • Private loans are not eligible. Neither are many so-called F.F.E.L. loans, which stand for Federal Family Education Loan

Federal Direct Stafford Loan (DL)

Select to apply- Federal Direct Stafford Loan (DL)

Borrower Required Counseling and Acknowledgment for Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans:

 


What are the conditions for continued eligibility?

 


Is there a time limit on how long I can receive loans?

If you are enrolled in a two-year associate degree program, the maximum period for which you can receive the Direct Federal “Subsidized” Loan is three years (150 percent of 2 years = 3 years). Select for loan types Subsidized vs Unsubsidized vs PLUS.

 


What are the interest rates for federal student loans?

For interest rates and more visit Federal Student Aid – https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/interest-rates

 


How much can I borrow?

 

 

 

Dependent

Undergraduate Student (excluding students whose parents cannot borrow a PLUS Loan *)

Independent

Undergraduate Student

~ Combining Loan ~

(including dependent students whose parents were denied a PLUS Loan)

Freshman (1st Yr)

(0 – 23 “earned” CCM credits.  Including

CCM “accepted” Transfer credits).

$5,500 TOTAL

$3,500 (subsidized)

$2,000 (addl. unsubsidized-loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2008)*

9,500 – Max of $3,500 can be in subsidized loan with an additional $6,000 Unsubsidized (first disbursed after 07/01/08), if qualify.
Sophomore (2nd Yr)

(24 – 48 “earned” CCM credits.

Including CCM “accepted” Transfer credits).

$6,500 TOTAL

$4,500 (subsidized) $2,000 (addl. unsubsidized-loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2008)*

$10,500 – Max of $4,500 can be in subsidized loan with an additional $6,000 Unsubsidized (first disbursed after 07/01/08), if qualify.
Juniors, Seniors, etc.

(CCM approved program (Major) length.  Including CCM “accepted” Transfer credits.  Excluding – Repeated credits earned/change in major).

$7,500 TOTAL

$5,500 (subsidized) $2,000 (addl. unsubsidized-loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2008)*

$12,500 – Max of $5,500 can be in subsidized loan with an additional $7,000 Unsubsidized (first disbursed after 07/01/08), if qualify.

 

* Dependent undergraduates whose parent(s) did not qualify for a PLUS Loan under this category, must submit proof of denial to the Office of Financial Aid in order to qualify for the additional federal unsubsidized stafford loan.

What types of Student Loan Forgiveness plans are there?

Understanding All Types of Student Loan Forgiveness Plans

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

How and when do I have to repay my loan(s) and who is my servicer ?

Repaying your loans
My Loan Account-Debt Resolution
My Loan Servicer
Deferment Options

What  options are available to Total and Permanent Disabled prior borrowers?

Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) Discharge

Application Process (TPD)

Forms (TPD)

How do I apply for an alternative/private student loan? (Subject to credit review by lender)

Alternative/Private Student Loans
New Jersey State Private Student Loans

FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN DEFAULT SERVICES:

1.  Avoid SCAMS
2.  Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents
3.  Federal Student Aid  Fresh Start  Default loan initiative to help eligible borrowers in default regain good standing.
4.  Federal Student Aid Collections
5.  Office of the Ombudsman
(resolve disputes and solve other problems with federal student loans)

County College of Morris – Cohort Default Rate for all prior Federal Student Loan Borrowers:

    1. Official Cohort Default Rates for Schools (Search Database enter OPE-ID:007729) or
    2. IES- NCES National Center for Education Statistics – Morris