Undergraduate Student Loan Repayment
All students should complete an "Exit Counseling Session" during their final semester at Loyola University New Orleans. The purpose of this session is to make sure that students understand their rights and responsibilities as they enter repayment. We would like to encourage everyone to review the Top Ten Student Loan Tips for Recent Graduates .
- Grace Period and Repayment counseling for Stafford and Direct Loan borrowers -- This online counseling session provides information about how to manage your student loans after college, whether your loans are in the grace period (payment will start soon) or already in repayment. The information can be especially beneficial if you are having difficulty repaying your student loans.
Do you have an accurate record of all your federal student loans? As you enter repayment, you should check your records on the National Student Loan Data System.
Two good general resources are Mapping Yor Future's Deferment Navigator and Repaying Your Student Loans: A Quick Reference Guide .
Who Will Send You a Bill?
Under provisions of the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act, lenders have the option to "PUT" (sell) loans to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CHECK IF YOUR LOAN HAS BEEN SOLD BY CHECKING YOUR RECORDS ON THE NATIONAL STUDENT LOAN DATA SYSTEM FOR STUDENTS
The Department has contracts with several companies to service federal student loans, and the Department may change who services your student loans. Unlike other loans such as mortgages, federal student loans are not bought and sold by servicers. The Department transfers the loans to the servicers with whom they have contracts and the servicers conduct the daily activities required during loan repayment .
Federal Student Loan Consolidation Programs
Federal Student Loan Consolidation Programs have been popular in recent years. With all of the changes in the federal student loan programs during the past few years, we would anticipate that more students may want to utilize this program so that all of their loan accounts are consolidated with one lender.
FinAid:The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid has a series of calculators which will let borrowers estimate their monthy payments under the loan consolidation program versus all other repayment plan options.
Updated September 19, 2013