COVID-19 Relief for Borrowers
Relief for Federal Student Loan Borrowers due to COVID-19
Federal Student Aid's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) information page is located at StudentAid.gov. The page includes information about relief to student loan borrowers, including those who have defaulted on their federal student loans. Please visit the page regularly for updates. President Trump signed the CARES Act on March 27, 2020, which will provide additional flexibilities related to COVID-19.
Emergency Relief for Private Education Loan Borrowers due to COVID-19
Private Education Loan Borrowers may qualify for Emergency Temporary Loan Forbearance if you are impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. For additional information, please call or visit your private loan servicer’s website. You may access private loan servicer contact information via the FastChoice Lender Comparison Tool.
Helpful resources for students and graduates
Utilize these free resources so that you are well-prepared for student loan repayment and life after college.
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 FSA User ID 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.
The following are loan servicers for federally held loans made through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program and the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program (Stafford Loans):
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 (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. Visit the StudentAid.gov website to review the payment options. Repayment options include Standard, Graduated, and Income Based Repayment plans. Income based repayment plans have certain eligibility requirements that the borrower must meet.
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.
Are you looking for information that will assist you with maintaining proper credit and repayment status? Visit the Federal Student Aid website for tips to remain in good standing and prevent loan default.
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 estimator listed on this page provides examples of monthly loan payments under each of the available federal loan repayment plan options. Please check with your lender for your specific loan repayment details. Carroll College students graduate with an average loan debt of $22,089 in federal student loans.
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 FREE 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.
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.
Links to Important Sites
- Default Prevention Tips
- Direct Loan Consolidation
- Exit Counseling Guide - Department of Education
- Student Loan Contact Information
- Exit Counseling - Perkins Loans
- Exit Counseling - Stafford Loans
- NSLDS Federal Student Loan Page
- National Health Service Loan Rep
- Montana NHSC Student Loan Repayment Program
- Live Life Smart Guide-Helpful Tips to Manage Your Student Loans
- Loan Forgiveness Guide for Social Workers