As you leave the University of Chicago, you will probably have a number of questions about repaying your student loans. We are here to help you avoid misunderstandings on the loan repayment process. You are strongly encouraged to take some time to learn about your obligations now and familiarize yourself with important requirements. If you need further guidance regarding loan repayment, we suggest you make an appointment with a Loan Officer in Financial Aid.
Your Repayment Schedule
Each of your lenders will provide you with a repayment schedule for your loans that will specify when your first payment is due as well as the amount of your monthly payment. Please read the repayment schedule carefully and be sure you understand it before you sign it. Your lenders will also provide you with a monthly billing statement.
Under most loan programs, you will be allowed a grace period between the time your registration falls below half time and the time you have to begin repayment. This is to allow you time to get established in a new job and a new living situation. Interest on all subsidized Federal Stafford Loans will not begin to accrue until the end of the grace period; however, you are responsible for interest on all unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans from the date of disbursement. Please refer to your promissory note for length of grace period.
If you qualify for deferments, you must contact the lender for a deferment form. You must see that the deferment form is completed and certified by the appropriate school or agency official and returned to the lender. Always follow up with your lenders to verify that deferments have been received and processed. You may be required to make loan payments until your lender receives the form.
Loan Forgiveness under the Stafford Loan
The Loan Forgiveness Program cancels your obligation to repay all or part of your outstanding principal and interest on Stafford loans or consolidation loans you used to repay those loans.
You may qualify if you:
Teach elementary school or secondary school and are a highly qualified teacher.
Teach elementary school and can demonstrate your knowledge and teaching skills in reading, writing, math, and other areas of elementary-level curriculum.
Teach secondary school in a subject area relevant to your academic major.
You are a full-time elementary or secondary special education teacher, or a full-time secondary math or science teacher.
NOTE: You must complete a Department of Education approved Teacher Loan Forgiveness application, which is available via your lender.
Loan consolidation enables a borrower with multiple loans from different lenders to obtain one loan with one interest rate and repayment schedule. Loan consolidation is not for everyone. It is intended for those who need greater flexibility in repaying their student loans or who seek to increase their monthly disposable income.
The following loan programs can be consolidated:
Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized)
Federal GradPLUS Loans
Federal PLUS Loans (parent loans made after October 16, 1986)
Health Professions Student Loans (HPSL)
The University of Chicago is required to notify you about available consumer information such as the tax benefits available to borrowers, FSA student Loan Ombudsman Group, National Student Loan Data System, AmeriCorps, and Free Credit Report. For further details on consumer information please refer to the “Repaying Your Student Loan Brochure”.