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Income-driven repayment plans – like Income-Based Repayment, Pay As You Earn, and Revised Pay As You Earn – cap your federal student loan payments at a percentage of your income. For many borrowers, these plans can help make monthly payments more manageable. If your income is very low, payments can be as little as $0. Income-driven repayment also ensures that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel: if you haven’t fully paid off your loans after 20 or 25 years of payments (depending on the plan), the remaining debt is forgiven. If you work in government or at a nonprofit organization, you might qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) after 10 years of payments.
Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) Available Now!
As of December 17, 2015, all borrowers with federal Direct student loans have access to a new repayment plan with monthly payments capped at 10% of your discretionary income. You can enroll regardless of when you borrowed. If you’re having trouble affording your monthly payments – or just want the assurance of payments based on your income – check out the Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) plan and see if it’s right for you.
For more about REPAYE, see our blog post.
See below for a summary of REPAYE and the other income-driven repayment plans.