Administrative Forbearance: A Quick Guide for Borrowers

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Amid the convoluted realm of student loans, administrative forbearance is a term that recurrently pops up.  Especially right now due to all the confusion and people entering the new SAVE repayment plan.

In short, administrative forbearance is a temporary halt on your loan repayments. It is usually set into motion by your loan servicer during the transition of your repayment scheme.

Borrowers often find themselves scratching their heads when they stumble upon this term on their servicer’s web portal or get a letter from them in the mail.

The aim of this guide is to decode the intricacies tied to administrative forbearance, bring to light its pitfalls, and ultimately equip you with the information required to effectively navigate the loan repayment process.

The Loan Servicer’s Role in Administrative Forbearance

Let’s get one thing straight: I do not like loan servicers because of all their mistakes. However, they do play an important role.

Picture this; by default, you’re thrust onto the standard repayment planwith a huge payment you can’t afford.

Your loan servicer is responsible for notifying you of your option of forbearance so you’re not left wrestling with the monstrous payments that make your bank account quiver.

The Impact Of Administrative Forbearance

Although you may need the payment relief, administrative forbearance does come with a handful of downsides.

Affects on IDR and PSLF

Each month you make payments counts towards forgiveness if you are on an IDR plan or if you are on PSLF.

Therefore, each month you are on administrative forbearance, you will not get credit towards forgiveness because you do not have a payment.

Even if you elect to make a payment while in forbearance, because its not required it still won’t count.

Note: Student loan repayment just restarted and its an absolute cluster with loan servicers. Due to this, months on forbearance will still count towards forgiveness. This policy will be in place until December 31, 2023.  For more details, here is a link to the DOE post.

Interest Accrual

Just because you are not making payments doesn’t mean nothing is happening with your loans.

Each day that goes by you are charged interest. Therefore, what you owe will go up.

If you are using a pay off strategy, this means you will owe more.

If you are pursuing a loan forgiveness strategy it won’t matter much in the long run.

Credit Report

Good news here, there is no negative effect due to being on administrative forbearance on your credit report.

Getting A Loan

Getting a loan might be a lot harder while on administrative forbearance.

For example, getting a mortgage will be much harder.

This happens because you have no monthly payment due. Therefore, mortgage lenders will use the hypothetical 10 year payment when calculating your DTI ratio.

Thus, you will qualify for a lot less mortgage or not qualify at all.

Wrapping up Administrative Forbearance

Understanding administrative forbearance is vital in your journey as a borrower.

While it might provide a temporary respite from your loan repayments, remember to consider its impact on your long-term loan management strategy. The aim is to make choices that align with your financial goals.

Remember, every month in forbearance might be a month further away from forgiveness. Interest accruals may increase your debt, and obtaining future loans could become more challenging. Yet, there’s no need to navigate these treacherous waters alone.

Here at FitBUX, we’re committed to making financial freedom accessible to everyone. Sign up with us today and let us assist you in crafting an informed and effective loan repayment strategy. With FitBUX, you’re not just a borrower – you’re a step closer to financial freedom. Let’s tread this path together.

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Joseph Reinke, CFA

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About the Author

Joseph Reinke is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter Holder and founder of FitBUX which has helped over 14,000 young professionals on their journey to financial freedom. Joseph has been personally investing since he was 12 years old.

In addition, he has experience in student loans, mortgages, wealth management, investment banking, valuation, stock trading, and option trading. He has been on 100s of podcast and has been invited to 100s of universities to discuss financial planning with their soon to be graduates.

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