Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

Looking for student loan debt forgiveness? In some situations you can get federal student loan forgiveness.

Yes, under certain circumstances, the federal government will cancel all or part of your student loan.

Due to COVID-19, interest rates on federal student loans are temporarily reduced to zero from Mar 13, 2020 until at least May 1, 2022 (depending on Congress actions). In addition, you may elect administrative forbearance, which means have the option to temporarily stop making these monthly payments without penalty if you choose. Whether any actual student loan debt will be forgiven, depends on Congress taking action.

Last updated on May 25, 2022 by College Financial Aid Advice.

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness

Student Loan Debt Forgiveness
With college so expensive, many college graduates have $50,000 or more in student debt.

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After graduation, the job market makes it difficult to find high paying jobs. Is is possible to obtain student loan forgiveness?

Yes, under certain circumstances, the federal government will cancel all or part of your student loan.

New Student Loan Debt Forgivenes Programs

Former President Obama has taken regulatory measures to make student loan repayments easier. There are some federal income-based repayment programs that adjust your payments to cap at 10% of your discretionary income, and provide loan forgiveness after 20 years. The student loan debt forgiveness may occur after 10 years for those in public service.

There is a downside to this program, in that by reducing your payments, your total amount to be repaid may be higher. But if you are struggling to pay these loans, this may be a very good program for you.

This program is called "Pay As You Earn Repayment Plan". For more information about this special federal government program to help pay off student loans and student loan debt forgiveness, see

Other programs are offered depending on the mood of Congress, so be sure to check out the link above for details.

Student Loan Forgiveness for Volunteers

Peace Corps - Serve in the Peace Corp and make a real difference in the lives of others in the world. Volunteers may receive deferment of Stafford, Perkins and Federal Consolidation loans, and partial cancellation of Perkins loans. The student loan debt forgiveness for Perkins loans is 15% per year of service, up to 70% total. For information about joining the Peace Corp call 800-424-8580.

Americorps - Americorps offers a student loan forgiveness program. If you serve 12 months you may receive up to $7400 in stipends, and $4725 to be used to pay toward your student loan. If you are interested, the Americorps phone number is (800) 942-2677.

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) This program allows you to volunteer with private, non-profit groups helping with homelessness, poverty, hunger and illiteracy. For 1700 hours of service, receive $4725. Phone number for more information: 800-942-2677.

Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers

Perkins Loan - You may be able to cancel a Perkins Loan if you are teaching full-time at a low income school, or in certain subjects. Check with the school that made your loan for more information.

Stafford Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers - You may be eligible for loan forgiveness on your Stafford student loan if you teach full time for five consecutive years at a low-income school.

These student loan forgiveness programs may apply to Consolidation Loans too.

For more information about student loan debt forgiveness, see

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