Must We Reimburse Our Perkins Fund For Lost Interest If We Extend the 0% Interest Benefit To Our Perkins Borrowers?

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This AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A has been updated to reflect the Biden administration announcement, which extends the federal student loan administrative forbearance period, the pause in interest accrual, and the suspension of collections activity through August 31, 2022 for all federally held student loans.

No. According to guidance NASFAA has received from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), if your institution chooses to extend the zero percent (0%) interest benefit to institutionally held Federal Perkins Loans, the institution does not need to reimburse its Perkins Revolving Fund for the lost interest. The option to offer zero percent interest until August 31, 2022 is not an incentive repayment plan created by the institution under 34 CFR 674.33(f).

Both payments and interest are automatically suspended on all federally held Perkins Loans from March 13, 2020 through August 31, 2022. The April 3, 2020 Electronic Announcement expands coverage to Federal Perkins Loans held by schools. On a voluntary basis, schools that hold Perkins Loans may choose to provide the same suspension of interest and payments to the loans they hold.


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