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For Those Who Paid During The COVID-19 Moratorium- Student Loan Refund Checks are Now in the Mailbox

Bloomberg stated that checks are being delivered to residents and borrowers who paid their student loans after the COVID-19 pandemic took a pause in 2020, March. Without affecting the pandemic pause, around 8.8 million people made their first payment between March 2020 and December 2021, added Bloomberg.

As part of the student loan forgiveness plan, there is a clause describing: “If your current loan amount is less than the amount of debt relief you’ll receive, and you made voluntary payments during the payment pause; from March 13, 2020, to December 31, 2022. We’ll instantly refund the sum of money you paid during the payment pause (only up to the remaining money of your eligible debt relief),” according to the Department of Education.

To claim your eligible payment refund and amount, no particular additional action is essential or needed. To begin and start, borrowers must have to submit a debt relief application of their student loan.

Refunds May Not Be Given to People With large Amounts of Outstanding Eligible Debt

Yet, the department said that, if you ever made payments while the payment paused and if your recent balance is above the debt relief amount you receive then you are not able to receive an automatic refund after you applied for debt relief. The cause for this is, the total amount of debt relief will be applicable to your loan balance.

If you still want to get a refund for the voluntary payments you spent while the payment paused- in this case, contact your loan servicer immediately, it is explained and mentioned on its official website. According to Biden’s plan, Borrowers with incomes under $125,000 (or $250,000 for households) in 2020 or 2021 may be eligible for up to $10,000 in federal student loan forgiveness.

For Pell Grant applicants, the amount increases to a maximum cancellation of $20,000 in student loans. If you are not independent or employed, in simple words, dependent students, then your eligibility will depend on your parent’s income and wages. Including graduate direct and undergraduate loans, many federal loans are appropriate and eligible.

It also includes; consolidation loans, parent PLUS, grad PLUS loans, federal family education loans (FFEL), program loans, defaulted loans, and Perkins loans provided by the department, based on Borrowers can only apply till 31 December 2023.

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