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Messages - kpaulso

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 ;D Great news!  Thank you so much!
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Thank you for your reply! 

You are correct, I have the acronyms mixed up. 

I had hoped to be on target for the loan forgiveness after 5 years.

So the Teacher Loan Forgiveness program doesn't require a 10yr term direct consolidated loan or specific repayment plans? 
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Graduated college 12/16, Began working as SPED teacher in low income school and am still there ( in my 3rd consecutive yr)

Currently - Direct Consolidated Loan 240 payments, level payments. Current Balance ~$24,300

Direct loans with My Great Lakes - did a Direct loan consolidation early 2017.  When the consolidation was said and done, it was a 20 yr loan.  I was confused, thinking it was a 10 year (120 payments) so called MGL, where I was told all consolidated direct loans were 20 yr term. I don't even recall an option for 10 or 20 yrs when filling out the documents for the consolidation. 

I have emailed MGL annually to verify i'm on the right track for the TLF, with direct consolidation loan.  Each time they have replied back yes. Not once was the discussion/suggestion/warning of income based payment being needed brought up.   :(

I have since discovered that, it seems, that not only the direct loan must be a 10 year plan and also paid with income driven payment plan.  Is this correct? I guess I'm out of luck for the time I've already worked / paid thus far counting toward any loan forgiveness.  :'(

If so, what steps do I need to take to get on the right track? 

First: Apply for Income Based repayment plan

Second: Apply for another direct reconsolidating loan for 10 yr?   (which i'm not sure where to turn with MGL saying they only do 20yr )

I want to make sure I do the right order of things so I don't shoot myself in the wallet again....

Thanks for any help!