What to do before student loan payments resume

Student loan payments will resume in October – here’s how to be ready.

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If you're like many Americans who have federal student loans, the pause in federal student loan payments may have brought some much-needed financial relief. Payments will resume in October, and there are some things to consider as you prepare to pay your student loans.

Ensure you’re on the right repayment plan for you

With so many different repayment plans and options that can help reduce your monthly federal student loan payments, it’s often hard to know which one is best for your situation. Being on the right repayment plan is not only going to impact your monthly budget, it’s also a key element when applying for student loan forgiveness.

Apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As a full-time educator or school employee, your federal student loan debt could be forgiven before it’s paid off through Public Service Loan Forgiveness or PSLF. Navigating the PSLF process can be overwhelming and take time, so don’t wait until payments resume to make sure you’re on track for forgiveness.

You may be closer to forgiveness than you think

During the payment pause, borrowers eligible for PSLF were accruing qualifying payments each month, even when they weren't making payments. That means you could already have months of qualifying payments that you may not have realized — making forgiveness under PSLF an even bigger possibility.

We’re here to help

Horace Mann's Student Loan Solutions program helps educators and school employees manage their student loan debt at no cost. It has online tools, resources and loan coaches that can help you determine your best repayment plan, find out if you qualify for federal loan forgiveness and get help applying for it if you do.

Don’t wait! Sign up for your complimentary Student Loan Solutions account today to find relief from student loan debt and take charge of your financial future.

Want more information? Register for an upcoming Student Loan Solutions webinar to learn more about the current state of student loans, recent changes from the Dept. of Education and how our Student Loan Solutions program can help.

The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered a recommendation. Horace Mann's Student Loan Solutions program includes services provided by a third party. Horace Mann is a private, independent company not affiliated with the Department of Education or the federal government. Horace Mann does not negotiate, adjust or settle debts. No assistance provided by Horace Mann constitutes official action for purposes of student loan forgiveness programs or guaranteed results. Horace Mann’s Student Loan Solutions program terms are subject to change.

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