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Income-sensitive repayment lets Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) borrowers decide what percentage of their income their loan payment will be. Borrowers in the Direct Loan (DL) program loans have the option of income-contingent repayment.
When selecting that percentage—and this payment schedule—remember that your payments will eventually increase. Still, if you have a job with a lower salary, this plan could work for you.
How It Works
- You select a monthly payment amount between 4%–25% of your monthly income.
- Your payment must be greater than or equal to the interest accruing on your loan.
- You must reapply for this schedule every year.
- It is available to you for up to 5 years.
- After 5 years, you will need to choose another repayment schedule. You may have up to 10 additional years under your new schedule.
- Income-sensitive repayment extends your repayment period. As a result, the total amount you pay in interest may be greater than what you would pay under standard repayment.
If your income was $16,800 and you had $10,000 in loans at a 6.8% interest rate, your payments could look like this:
|Standard Repayment||Income-Sensitive Repayment Plan|
|Number of Payments||120 (10 years)||180 (15 years)|
|Monthly Payment Amount||$115||$56 (for 5 years); $115 (remainder of payment)|
|Total Cost of Interest||$3,810||$7,210|
|Total Amount Repaid||$13, 810||$17,210|
See what your payments could look like under this schedule with our income-sensitive repayment calculator.
Changing Your Repayment Schedule
Call your servicer to find out what you need to do to change your repayment plan. Your servicer may be able to make the change over the phone, or they may require you to fill out paperwork and provide documentation.
You can also contact American Student Assistance® (ASA) for help. Our counselors can help you determine the schedule right for you, and we can also call your servicer with you.