Loan Repayment Options
It's never too early to start thinking about how you will repay your student loans after graduation. Listed below are links that provide information on the different types of repayment plans and options that are available to help in managing your student loans.
Plan for Repayment
After graduation, your Federal Loans will enter a 6-month grace period when payments are not required. After the grace period, you will either enter repayment or you will apply for a Residency forbearance. During a forbearance, payments are not required but interest will accrue on your loans
Choose a Repayment Plan
The default repayment plan is Standard Repayment. With this plan, monthly payments will be an equal amount over 10-years. The Standard plan pays back the loan in the most aggressive and efficient manner, however it can also be costly, particularly for a Resident. Use the MedLoans Organizer & Calculator to estimate your monthly payment on the 10-year Standard plan. Income-driven repayment plans are also available which determine how much you will pay each month based on your income rather than on what you owe. Visit the Federal Student Aid website to compare requirements and eligibility. Once you decide on the right plan, contact your servicer to select the plan.
Update Your Address
Once you know your address for your first year of Residency, be sure to log in to your servicer's web page or give them a call to update your address. You want to be certain that all mail from your servicer comes to the right location.
Complete All Required Forms
If you sign up for one of the income-driven plans, be sure to complete the necessary income verification form for your servicer and provide any necessary tax or income verification. You will need to provide this verification each year that you are on the income-driven plan. If you plan to apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, you will need to complete the Employment Certification Form from Fed Loan Servicing.