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Student Loan Pause Extended

August 18, 2021

U.S. Department of Education announced a final extension of the pause on student loan repayment, interest, and collections until January 31, 2022.

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At-A-Glance:

  • U.S. Department of Education announced a final extension of the pause on student loan repayment, interest, and collections until January 31, 2022.
  • The Department will begin notifying borrowers about this final extension in the coming days.
  • The goal of this final action is one of a series of steps the Department has taken to support students and borrowers, make higher education more affordable, and improve student loan servicing.

U.S. Department of Education Extends the Student Loan Pause

On August 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education extended the pause on student loan repayment, interest, and collections through January 31, 2022. With a definitive date established and additional time, the Department feels this will allow borrowers to make plans for resuming payments and reduce delinquencies.

The Department plans to continue its work to transition students and borrowers smoothly back into repayment, including by making higher education more affordable and improving student loan servicing, including:

  • Approving $1.5 billion in borrower defense claims, including extending full relief to approved claims and approving new types of claims.
  • Reinstating $1.3 billion in loan discharges for 41,000 borrowers who received a total and permanent disability discharge and protecting another 190,000 from potential loan reinstatement.
  • Helping 30,000 small business owners with student loans seeking help from the Paycheck Protection Program.

The Department will begin notifying borrowers about this final extension in the coming days, and it will release resources and information about how to plan for payment restart as the final pause end date nears.

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