Current through September 30, 2021
Section 685.210 - Choice of repayment plan(a) Initial selection of a repayment plan. (1) Before a Direct Loan enters into repayment, the Secretary provides the borrower a description of the available repayment plans and requests the borrower to select one. A borrower may select a repayment plan before the loan enters repayment by notifying the Secretary of the borrower's selection in writing.(2) If a borrower does not select a repayment plan, the Secretary designates the standard repayment plan described in §685.208(b) or (c) for the borrower, as applicable.(b) Changing repayment plans. (1) A borrower may change repayment plans at any time after the loan has entered repayment by notifying the Secretary. However, a borrower who is repaying a defaulted loan under an income-contingent repayment plan or the income-based repayment plan in accordance with §685.211(d)(3)(ii), or who is repaying a Direct Consolidation Loan under the income-contingent repayment plan or the income-based repayment plan in accordance with §685.220(d)(1)(ii)(A)(3) may not change to another repayment plan unless-(i) The borrower was required to and did make a payment under the income-contingent repayment plan or income-based repayment plan in each of the prior three months; or(ii) The borrower was not required to make payments but made three reasonable and affordable payments in each of the prior three months; and(iii) The borrower makes and the Secretary approves a request to change plans.(2)(i) A borrower may not change to a repayment plan that has a maximum repayment period of less than the number of years the loan has already been in repayment, except that a borrower may change to either the income-contingent or income-based repayment plan at any time.(ii) If a borrower changes plans, the repayment period is the period provided under the borrower's new repayment plan, calculated from the date the loan initially entered repayment. However, if a borrower changes to the income-contingent repayment plan under §685.209(a), the income-contingent repayment plan under §685.209(b), or the income-based repayment plan under §685.221, the repayment period is calculated as described in §685.209(a)(6)(iii), §685.209(b)(3)(iii), or §685.221(f)(3), respectively.
Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1087 a et seq.59 FR 61690, Dec. 1, 1994, as amended at 65 FR 65629, Nov. 1, 2000; 68 FR 75430, Dec. 31, 2003; 73 FR 63256, Oct. 23, 2008; 77 FR 66142, Nov. 1, 2012; 78 FR 65833, Nov. 1, 2013