Loan Repayment begins when the student graduates or ceases to be a half-time student and any eligible grace period ends. Specific details will be found in the promissory note. The total amount of the loan received under the program, plus accrued interest, and other related costs must be repaid.
If you cannot repay your loan at the prescribed time, there may be other options available to you. Those options include cancellation, forbearance and deferment.
Cancellation of part or all of a loan is available on some loans where a borrower is employed in selected fields. Please refer to your Federal Perkins Promissory Note for all eligible cancellations.
Forbearance is typically a temporary postponement of payments for students experiencing financial hardship, poor health, or other acceptable reason. Interest continues to accrue when your loans are in forbearance
Deferment is also a temporary solution when a borrower finds themselves in a situation that would hinder him or her from repaying their loan. In a deferment the borrower is not required to pay loan principal.
To receive a cancellation, forbearance or deferment you must use the proper form, immediately upon entry into eligible service or student status. You may also be required to provide documentation prove that you qualify. You may lose the benefit if you fail to file a timely request.