Income-based repayment (IBR)
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Make payments based on what you can afford
If you cannot afford to make payments because your income is too low, Income-Based Repayment (IBR) may be a good option for you.
IBR is a federal program that allows you to reduce your monthly student loan payments based on:
- Family size;
- The poverty line for your area.
For most borrowers under IBR, payments will be less than 10% of your income. Also, if any student loan debt remains after you have made payments for 25 years, the loans can be forgiven, meaning that you would not have to pay back the remaining balance. Keep in mind, though, that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will treat this forgiven loan amount as taxable income.
To find out if you might be eligible for IBR and to estimate your payments, use our Income-Based Repayment calculator.
If you think this payment plan is right for you, give us a call. Our experienced student loan counselors can help you find out if you qualify and then assist you to apply.