General Government Assistance: Updated

Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents

At the U.S. Department of Education (ED) office of Federal Student Aid, we are actively monitoring the coronavirus/COVID-19 emergency.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Flexibilities Extended Through at Least Sept. 30, 2021

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

Federal Student Loan Borrowers Get New Exemption in Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program

Learn more in the NEW Q&A in the “Loans in Default” section below.

  • On March 20, 2020, the office of Federal Student Aid began providing the following temporary relief on ED-owned federal student loans: suspension of loan payments, stopped collections on defaulted loans, and a 0% interest rate.

  • On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) became law, providing for the above relief measures on ED-owned federal student loans through Sept. 30, 2020.

  • On Aug. 8, 2020, the COVID-19 emergency relief measures were extended on ED-owned federal student loans through Dec. 31, 2020.

  • On Dec. 4, 2020, the COVID-19 emergency relief measures were extended on ED-owned federal student loans through Jan. 31, 2021.

  • On Jan. 20, 2021, the COVID-19 emergency relief measures were extended on ED-owned federal student loans through at least Sept. 30, 2021.

Below, we have answered questions about these COVID-19 emergency relief measures and the resulting flexibilities for federal student loans. You will also find answers to questions about preparing for payments to resume.

 


New Payments for eligible unemployed adults

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For most people, the IRS has already delivered payments from the CARES Act last year and will automatically deliver payments from the Consolidated Appropriations Act in early 2021.

The IRS delivered payments from the CARES Act to eligible adults who filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return or registered for a payment using the Non-Filers tool, and will use the same information to deliver payments from the Consolidated Appropriations Act in early 2021.

If you have not received either payment or believe IRS does not have the right information (you have a new offspring/dependent, you moved, etc.), you can file a 2020 tax return and claim the amount as the Recovery Rebate Credit.

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2021 Economic Impact Payment Status Available

Find when and how the IRS sent your 2021 Economic Impact Payment with the Get My Payment tool.

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