On April 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced several changes and updates that will bring borrowers closer to forgiveness under income-driven repayment (IDR) plans. These adjustments to borrower accounts include conducting a one-time adjustment of IDR payment counts to address past inaccuracies and permanently fixing IDR payment counting by reforming ED’s IDR tracking procedures going forward.
Based on the newly eligible months from the one-time account adjustment, borrowers who have reached 240 or 300 months’ (as applicable) worth of payments for IDR forgiveness or 120 months of PSLF will begin to see their loans forgiven in spring 2023. The Department will continue to discharge loans as borrowers reach the months needed for forgiveness. All other borrowers will see their accounts update in 2024.
Please note: This is an active initiative unrelated to the now-defunct Biden-Harris Debt Relief Plan, but you must take action by Dec. 31, 2023 to receive retroactive payment credit.
As part of this initiative, ED will conduct a one-time adjustment of IDR-qualifying payments for all William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program and federally owned Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans. ED will conduct a one-time account adjustment to borrower accounts that will count time toward IDR forgiveness, including:
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