UPDATES ON COVID-19 AND YOUR STUDENT LOANS

Last updated: Monday, March 30 

As part of the new federal legislation passed on Friday, March 27, 2020, we are working to suspend payments on all U.S. Department of Education (ED) owned loans by 4/10/2020 – the suspension will be in place until 9/30/2020. Once your eligible loans have been updated, Navient will notify you in writing, or you can always check back to this page for any related COVID-19 updates on your Navient serviced loans.

It’s important for you to know that we’re monitoring the news and staying abreast of the changing developments with COVID-19 (coronavirus).

We assure you: The health and safety of our customers and employees is our top priority.

For federally held student loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Federal Student Aid’s coronavirus (COVID-19) information page is located at StudentAid.gov/coronavirus. The page includes information for students, borrowers, and parents about the interest rate waiver announced by President Trump and availability of an administrative forbearance authorized by Secretary DeVos to provide student loan relief to borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency. Please visit the StudentAid.gov page regularly for updates.

IF YOU ARE IMPACTED

If you’ve been impacted by the coronavirus and are having difficulty making payments, we’re here to help you explore your options to reduce or postpone your payments.

We're doing our best to ensure our call centers are sufficiently staffed – like most of the country, the majority of our representatives are now working from home offices. We ask for your understanding if you hear a dog barking or other background sounds. You can always access your account 24/7 on our website or our automated voice response system.

You can make a payment or learn about different repayment options for federal student loans online. Just log in to your account and go to Repayment Options in the left menu.

Learn more about repayment options for federal and private student loans.

Log in to your account to:

  • View payments due and recent payment status
  • Make a payment or enroll in Auto Pay
  • Upload documents and get documents we sent you
  • Get answers in the Help Center, or email us with a question

For federal student loans, you can also:

  • Apply for a different repayment plan option
  • Apply for an Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) plan
  • Request a deferment or forbearance to postpone payments

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – ED LOANS

SUPPORT FOR FFELP LOAN BORROWERS

Federal Family Education Loan Program (or FFELP) loans were originally made by banks and other financial institutions under a federally guaranteed program. Some FFELP loans were later transferred to the U.S. Department of Education, and those particular loans are now government owned. The relief programs available may differ based on whether the loan is owned by the government or by a financial institution, such as Navient.

Here are some of the options currently available on FFELP loans that are not owned by the U.S. Department of Education:

Coronavirus disaster forbearance payment postponement

During this time of national emergency, Navient is offering up to three months of disaster forbearance to qualified FFELP borrowers who request it. This program brings your eligible loans current and postpones payments for up to three months. During this time, interest accrues but will not be capitalized (added to the unpaid principal) at the end of the forbearance period. (Please note if the accrued interest is not paid and you use a different type of forbearance or deferment in the future, the interest could be capitalized at that future time.) While no payments are required during the forbearance period, you can always make extra payments to help lower the overall cost of your loan.

Other programs that may assist you

Some of the other options that may help FFELP borrowers include:

  • Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) – allows qualified borrowers to base their monthly payment on their income and family size, subject to annual recertification. If you are already enrolled in IDR and your income has recently fallen, you can have your payment recalculated based on your new income.
  • Unemployment Deferment – if you become unemployed, you may be eligible to defer all payments for six months, in some cases with interest subsidies.

SUPPORT FOR PRIVATE LOAN BORROWERS

Assistance is available for qualified private loan borrowers who are experiencing difficulty due to coronavirus and related economic impacts.

Be sure to contact us at 888-272-5543 so we can help you understand options that can fit your situation.

Here are some of the options available on private loans:

Coronavirus disaster forbearance payment postponement

During this time of national emergency, Navient is offering up to three months of disaster forbearance to qualified private loan borrowers who request it. This program brings your eligible loans current and postpones payments for up to three months. During this time, interest accrues but will not be capitalized (added to the unpaid principal) at the end of the forbearance period. (Please note if the accrued interest is not paid and you use a different type of forbearance or deferment in the future, the interest could be capitalized at that future time.) While no payments are required during the forbearance period, you can always make extra payments to help lower the overall cost of your loan.

Other programs that may assist you

  • Rate Reduction Program—Navient offers a temporary Rate Reduction Program that reduces the interest rate and lowers the Monthly Payment Amount.
  • Other programs may also be available, such as Interest-Only or Extended Repayment.

Learn more about repayment options for private student loans.

Please note that these options may require a review of the borrower's and any cosigner's financial situation and ability to pay.

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