Is Interest Suspended On Federally Held Loans While the Borrower Is In an In-School Deferment?

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This AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A has been updated to reflect the U.S. Department of Education StudentAid.gov announcement, which extends the federal student loan administrative forbearance period, the pause in interest accrual, and the suspension of collections activity through September 30, 2021 for all federally held student loans.

Unfortunately, NASFAA is unsure at this time if the the interest suspension applies to federally held loans that are in an in-school deferment status. We have obtained second-hand information through a school from a loan servicer that the interest waiver does include those borrowers who are in an in-school deferment, but we have heard nothing directly from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). We realize your students are asking about this; our advice is have them contact their loan servicer directly.

In the meantime, we have asked ED. As soon as we have a definitive answer to this question, we will update this AskRegs Knowledgebase Q&A and post it in Today's News.

Note: Under the CARES Act, accrual of interest is suspended from March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2021 on eligible federal student loans.

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