Carroll College, Helena Montana

Loan Repayment

Avoid falling victim to predatory loan consolidation companies

There are a couple companies trying to scam student loan borrowers.  One company is called US Direct Student Loan Services. They are NOT a contractor of the US Department of Education Direct Loan Program. Their ploy is asking for up-front money for a loan consolidation application fee!   DO NOT pay to consolidate Federal Direct Loans.   It's free. 

Don't give your FAFSA PIN out over the phone or any checking or savings account numbers. 

These companies are trying gain trust by looking very much like Direct Loan servicers.

Currently the only Federal Direct Loan Services working with Carroll College Direct Loans are:

  • Nelnet
  • PHEAA (Fedloan Servicing)
  • Sallie Mae
  • Great Lakes Higher Education

If you have a Carroll College Perkins Loan it will be serviced by University Accounting Services.

If you ever have questions about the legitimacy of a call, Email, or letter, feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office and we'll check it out for you.  Our direct number is 1-406-447-5425. 

Always be on your guard!

Graduates in Repayment

Do you Know Where your Federal Loans Are?
Preventing default on your federal loans begins with knowing who your lenders are, and maintaining accurate records.  To review a complete listing of your federal loan history go to the NSLDS website.

Do you need information about loan repayment options?
The U.S. Department of Education offers numerous repayment options for federal student loans to assist borrowers in avoiding default and to encourage successful loan repayment. View the list to determine which choice is right for you.  Examples of some repayment options include the Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan and the Income Based Repayment Plan.  For a comprehensive overview of all repayment plan options you may view the Repayment Plan Overview chart.

Do you need information about consolidating your Federal Loans into a single servicer?
With the recent changes in Federal Loan regulations, your loans may have been sold to a variety of servicers.  It is your responsibility to understand who is servicing your loans during repayment.  To simplify the repayment process, you may want to consider consolidating your federal loans into one servicer for ease of repayment.

Do you need contact information for your current  loan servicers?
You may download the lender contact sheet and keep it with your loan records for a quick reference guide.

Do you need information about Federal Loan Repayment Forms?
You may visit the Federal Department of Education Loan Services website to access commonly used forms for borrowers.

Are you looking for information that will assist you with maintaining proper credit and repayment status?Visit the Federal Direct Loan website for tips to remain in good standing and prevent loan default.

Are you looking for information on how to managing your debt?  Read through this helpful Federal Student Loans Debt Management Guide.

Are you looking for examples of monthly payments based upon the loan amount borrowed? 
The first step in preparing for loan repayment is to know what your monthly payments will be so that you may start planning for repayment.  The loan repayment chart listed on this page provides examples of monthly loan payments based upon the amount that was borrowed.   Please check with your lender for your specific loan repayment details. Carroll College students graduate with an average loan debt of $28,005.

Do you want information about how to view your credit score?
A healthy credit score is important to maintain.  Your credit score can impact your ability to secure a line of credit for major purchases such as a car or your first home.  Adverse credit (late or delinquent payments) can negatively affect your credit score. On-time payments can positively affect your credit score and may help in securing a better interest rate on loans.  Consumers may receive one free credit report each year.  To access your free credit report visit the Annual Credit Report website.

Did you graduate with a degree in Nursing?  If so, you may be eligible for the HRSA Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program.  For more information, review the HRSA Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Guide.

This  MT-PCO newsletter provides additional information about the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program. 

Withdrawal Information

Students planning to withdraw from Carroll College must read the Withdrawal Checklist Form prior to completing a withdrawal.

Understanding Income-Based Repayment

Sallie Mae videoSallie Mae has prepared a short, informative video to help you counsel you about the features, eligibility requirements, and benefits of Income-Based Repayment (IBR) for federal student loans.

The video will supplement the work Sallie Mae does to help its customers select the repayment plan that's right for them. For example, they've made it easy for students to go online and determine their monthly payment under different repayment plans (including IBR) using their own loan information.

Need information for exit counseling? The video, along with an informative IBR fact sheet from Federal Student Aid are excellent resources.

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Title IV HEA Federal student and/or parent loans are submitted to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and will be accessible by guaranty agencies, lenders, and schools determined to be authorized users of the data system.