Repaying your loan

When you graduate, withdraw from school, or drop below half-time enrolment status you will have six months before your first payment is due on your subsidized and unsubsidized loans. This is called a grace period. (PLUS Loans don’t have a grace period). This time can allow you to get financially settled, select your repayment plan and determine the amount of income you need to put toward your student loan each month.

Note that for most loans, interest will accrue during your grace period.

PLUS loans do not have a grace period. The repayment period for a PLUS loan begins on the day after the final loan disbursement is made. However, you may defer repayment of a PLUS loan while you are enrolled in school on at least at halftime basis and, for PLUS loans with a first disbursement date on or after July 1, 2008, for an additional six months after you graduate, withdraw, or drop below half-time enrolment status. Your first payment will be due within 45 days after your deferment ends.

For interest rates please go to: http://www.direct.ed.gov/calc.html

Sample repayment plan:

Non-consolidation borrowers*:

 
Debt When Loan Enters Repayment Standard Repayment Plan Income Contingent Repayment Plan **for Income $25,000
Single Married/HOH***
Per month Total Per Month Total Per Month Total
$5,000 $58 $6,904 $37 $8,347 $36 $11,088
$10,000 $115 $13,809 $75 $16,699 $71 $22,158


*Payments are calculated using a fixed interest rate of 6.8% for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2006

** Assumes a 5 percent annual income growth (Census Bureau).

*** HOH is Head of Household. Assumes a family size of two.