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Repayment program overview for borrowers under the Federal Family Education Loan Program or William D. Ford Direct Loan Program.

Type of Repayment Plan
Eligible Loans
Payment Specifics
Comments
Standard Repayment
  • Fixed amount/$50 minimum
  • Up to 10 years
Graduated Repayment
  • Start low and increase roughly every 2 years
  • Up to 10 years
Extended Repayment
  • Payments fixed or graduated
  • Up to 25 years
Income-Based Repayment
  • Maximum payments will be 10% of discretionary income or the difference between your adjusted gross income and 150% of the poverty level (based on your state and family size)
  • Payments will change with your income
  • Up to 20 year for students who borrowed for undergraduate study and 25 years for student who borrowed for graduate study
  • REPAYE does not allow borrowers to cap their payments at the “standard” payment plan amounts if that amount is less than 10% of discretionary income
Revised Pay As You Earn
  • Maximum payments will be 10% of discretionary income or the difference between your adjusted gross income and 150% of the poverty level (based on your state and family size)
  • Payments will change with your income
  • Up to 20 years for students who borrowed for undergraduate study and 25 years for student who borrowed for graduate study
  • REPAYE does not allow borrowers to cap their payments at the “standard” payment plan amounts if that amount is less than 10% of discretionary income
Income-Contingent Repayment
  • Payments calculated annually based on your adjusted gross income, family size and total Direct Loan balance
  • Payments will change with your income
  • Up to 25 years
Income-Sensitive Repayment
  • Monthly payment based on annual income
  • Payments will change with your income
  • Up to 10 years

Repayment options for other loan programs.

Each of these loan programs has its own set of rules and options regarding repayment. Before making a selection, it can help to talk to an NFCC Certified Consumer Credit Counselor to understand how it might impact your finances or that of your family’s over time.

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