Understanding forbearance

Forbearance can help you avoid delinquency and default if you're facing temporary financial difficulty.

Forbearance lets you suspend or reduce your student loan payments under certain circumstances and for specified periods of up to one year at a time.

During forbearance, you will receive quarterly interest statements and have the option to pay the accrued interest. If you don't, any unpaid accrued interest will be capitalized.


For detailed information on your forbearance options, to see if you are eligible, and to apply, contact your loan servicer.

Forbearance can result in higher loan costs overall. You may want to look into deferment or a different payment plan.