Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 6, 2011, 5:44 p.m. EST by LaughinWillow
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Hi folks. I've seen lots of people talking about student loan debt, and just wanted to make people aware of a program that isn't mentioned a lot by financial aid departments or lenders (though now I guess all govt lending is done by one federal agency, so maybe this will change). If you have really high student loan payments and can't cover them or are having trouble paying for other things you really need (good food, decent housing, etc) because your payments are too high, look up the Direct Loans Income Contingent program. This is a federal program. If you contact them, they can adjust your loans to reflect your income. If the balance isn't paid off in 25 years, the remainder is forgiven. The only negative about this is that whatever is forgiven will be taxable, so you could end up owing taxes on it, but at that point you can make a payment arrangement with the IRS that is usually similar or less than loan payments anyway.
I have my loans on this plan and right now my payment is zero. I can pay something if I want, but since my family's income is low and we have kids, we are not currently liable for anything.
I just want people to know about this - it's a way better option than defaulting and having your wages attached and a bunch of stress. And often they don't tell you about this until you default because they hope you'll just make crazy high payments and not find out you have this option.
Peace to ya'll - hope this info helps someone! :)