Income-Based Repayment (IBR) takes into consideration your income, family size
and federal education loan debt.
- Grad PLUS
- Federal Consolidation Loans including the above and/or Perkins, HPSL, HEAL and FISL loans
- Spousal Consolidation Loans if the above loan types are included
How does the IBR plan work?
- Parent PLUS
- Consolidation Loans including Parent PLUS loans
- Private student loans, state loans or other loans not guaranteed by the federal government
You must provide the following to determine your eligibility:
- Application form. Family size, federal
student loan debt and original signatures must be included. Faxes and forms
without signatures will not be processed.
- A copy of your most recent tax return (Form 1040, 1040A or 1040 EZ) must be included
with your application. Faxes and forms without an original signature will not be processed.
- If your most recent tax return does not reflect your current financial
situation, you may complete the Alternative Documentation of Income form,
located on page 4 of the application.
Partial Financial Hardship - A Partial Financial Hardship (PFH) payment is calculated
from your income and family size and used to determine eligibility for the IBR plan. A
PFH occurs when the annual amount due and all eligible federal student loans (even those
with other companies), as calculated under a standard 10-year repayment plan, exceeds 15%
of the difference between your Adjusted Gross Income and 150% of the poverty line for
your family size.
Permanent-Standard – The payment amount calculated on the existing loan balance when
you entered IBR and is based on a 10-year term. You would move to this payment amount
after you no longer qualify for a PFH but wish to remain in the IBR plan.
Expedited-Standard – The payment amount once you voluntarily elect to leave the IBR
plan. It is calculated using the remaining loan term and is based on a standard repayment
plan, determined by your loan type (maximum 10 years for Stafford and Grad PLUS; maximum
30 years for Consolidation Loans, based on original balance).
How Payments Are Applied:
- Collection costs
- Late charges
You must recertify every 12 months.
If your loan is not paid off in 25 years (300 payments), the balance may be
forgiven. Please contact your financial advisor for tax implications of loan
The federal government will subsidize the first three years of interest on Subsidized loans.
Estimate your eligibility with an online calculator here.
Download the application form here.
IBR Application Form Help*.
Deferments and Forbearance:
In order to place a deferment or forbearance on your account, we must cancel your IBR plan.
Once the deferment or forbearance period ends and you wish to return to IBR, you will be
required to reapply. It is important to note that your financial circumstances may have changed
and you may not qualify for Partial Financial Hardship payments. Also, the deferment or
forbearance time period will not count towards your 25-year loan forgiveness period,
with the exception of the Economic Hardship deferment. Interest may also accrue and be capitalized
(added to the principal balance).
If you still wish to have a deferment or forbearance applied to your account, we must
receive a request in writing to cancel the IBR plan.
If you wish to change to a different repayment plan, we must receive your request in writing.
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