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Federal Student Loan Payments Resume: What Borrowers Need to Know

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October 2023

After a pause that lasted over three years due to the pandemic, millions of federal student loan borrowers are bracing themselves for the resumption of their loan payments. This development, while expected, has raised concerns among financial experts, borrowers, and policymakers about its potential impact on the U.S. economy and the readiness of the loan servicing system.
The U.S. economy, already grappling with challenges like inflation, might face additional pressures as borrowers redirect their funds to loan payments. With the average borrower owing around $36,000, experts from CNBC highlight that consumer spending could see a dip, potentially slowing down economic recovery.
As payments are set to restart, many borrowers have reported issues with their loan servicers. CBS News points out that problems range from lost paperwork to misinformation. This has led to multiple states’ attorneys general raising alarms about the preparedness of the loan servicing system. The call for better oversight and accountability for loan servicers has never been louder.
For borrowers feeling overwhelmed, there’s a silver lining. NBC News and AP News both emphasize the importance of borrowers checking their loan details. With many loan servicers having changed during the pandemic, it’s crucial to log in and verify all details.
Moreover, there are various repayment options available. Income-driven repayment plans can adjust payments based on a borrower’s income, potentially reducing the monthly amount. President Joe Biden has also announced a 12-month grace period, providing a buffer for those who might struggle with the resumed payments. This grace period ensures that borrowers won’t risk default or credit score damage, even if they miss payments during this time. However, interest will continue to accrue.
Certain borrowers might also qualify for loan forgiveness programs, especially those who’ve worked for government agencies or nonprofits. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, for instance, offers debt cancellation after 10 years of regular payments.
As the nation navigates this new phase, borrowers are urged to stay vigilant, especially against scams. With the Department of Education never initiating calls to borrowers, any such communication should be treated with caution.
In conclusion, while the resumption of federal student loan payments marks the end of an unprecedented relief period, it also ushers in a time of vigilance, adaptability, and resilience for millions of borrowers across the country.

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