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Before working with any third-party, check out our guide to student loan scams.
Student Loan Forgiveness / Re: IBR Loan Forgiveness
February 19, 2020, 09:13:06 am
No, it's from when you started the repayment plan, not from when your loans originated.
Student Loan Scams / Re: Alumni advocate assistance
February 14, 2020, 08:49:31 am
You should check out our guide on common student loan scams.
I have a question - why don't you fill out the paperwork manually and send it certified mail? We recommend doing this for changing your repayment plan. You can select PAYE, and you can select you're doing it off-cycle to have an immediate change.

By sending it certified mail, you'll also have confirmed they received it.

This starts giving you a paper trail if they keep making mistakes.

If they fail to change your repayment plan based on that, you need to file a complaint with the ombudsman and move in that direction.
Student Loan Scams / Re: pretty sure it's a scam
February 01, 2020, 08:29:42 am
Your only luck may be with a program called Borrower Defense to Repayment. However, since you already received a settlement, you likely won't also get your loans forgiven.
Ask a Question / Re: IBR payment cap
January 26, 2020, 03:54:06 pm
Yes, the cap applies regardless of filing status. Note: the 10-year standard plan also counts for PSLF.
You need to do some math. Check this article: Math Behind Married Filing Separately for PAYE. It might save on loans, but in many cases the higher taxes don't always make it worthwhile.
Yes, you can switch repayment plans to any qualifying repayment plan and not impact your PSLF eligible payments. You might find this article helpful: Married Filing Separately for PSLF
Navigating Repayment / Re: consolidation
December 31, 2019, 12:50:30 pm
Navient is a Federal loan, which has options such as income-driven repayment. You simply need to apply and you could have a payment as low as $0 if you don't make much money. Forbearance is a terrible option - get on an income-driven repayment plan.

All you have to do is call and ask for this, fill out the paperwork, and you're set (you just need to re-certify your income annually). You can also do it online at StudentLoans.gov.

If you refinance, you lose access to these plans. So while you may save on interest, you likely wouldn't be able to afford your new loan.
Note: PSLF doesn't have to be consecutive. Just have to get to 120 payments.
It sounds like you're on an income-driven repayment plan - that's why your loan balance is going up, not down. Basically, your payment is set to your income, not to an amount that will eliminate the loan.

The question is, can you afford to pay more?

Second, Federal loans don't have cosigners - so do you have a private loan at Navient, or it is something else (spousal loan, Parent PLUS)?

If it's private, refinancing it can make sense, but you're only going to qualify to do it by yourself if you have great credit.
Ask a Question / Re: Ibr retroactive
November 18, 2019, 02:17:07 pm
Your loan forgiveness start date is from when you enrolled in IBR on your loans. If you were on a different repayment plan, or in deferment, that time period doesn't count.
No, you won't get a refund. Any remaining balance will be forgiven.
No sadly, that doesn't change anything.