Repayment Options

Federal Student Loan Repayment

The federal government paused student loan payments and set interest rates to 0% for eligible federal student loans during the COVID-19 emergency. The refund benefit ended on August 28, 2023. Federal student monthly loan interest resumed on September 1, 2023. Please go to the following links for 

Federal Student Loan Repayment Plans

These are the traditional plans for paying off federal student loans.

Standard Payment Plan

You are given this repayment plan automatically.  You will pay a fixed amount per month. 

  • Pro:  You'll pay off your loan faster.
  • Con: Your monthly payment might be high.

Graduated Payment Plan

The graduated plan gives you a low monthly payment in the beginning, then increases your payment amount every two years.

  • Pro:  You'll pay less per month to start.
  • Con:  Your monthly payments will increase even if your income doesn't.

Extended Payment Plan

Your monthly payments are lower, over a longer period. You must have more than $30,000 in outstanding Direct Loans. Payments can be a fixed or graduated amount and are paid off withing 25 years.

  • Pro: You'll pay less per month.
  • Con: You'll pay more in interest and it will take longer to pay off your loans. 

Income-Driven Plans

These plans provide payment amounts that are dependend on your post-grad income.

Interest Rate: Depending on the selected plan, you'll pay between 10% and 20% of your discretionary income toward your loans each month.

There are four income-driven repayment plans: 

  1. SAVE - Saving on a Valuable Education Plan (formerly REPAYE Plan)
  2. PAYE - Pays As You Earn Repayment Plan 
  3. IBR - Income-Based Repayment Plan
  4. ICR - Income-Contingent Repayment Plan

You will need to fill out an application if you would like to use an income-driven plan. Your loan servicer can help you apply for income-driven repayment plans, student loan forgiveness  and more.

 Timing: Loan balance will be forgiven after making on-time payment for 20-30 years.

Repayment Plan Comparison 

We suggest that you go to  your loan servicer's website, create a login and password for your account, and then use their loan repayment calculator to get estimated repayment amounts based on your current Direct Loan debt. You can also estimate your monthly student loan payments with the Loan Simulator on the Federal Student Aid website.

If you do not know who your loan servicer is, login to your login to view your dashboard or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243/


Sign up for automatic debit payments with your loan servicer and receive an interest rate deduction.

Change your repayment plan if you have difficulty making payments. You aren't stuck with your original plan.