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
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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.
2021 Economic Impact Payment Status Available
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