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ED: Final Rules on Loan Repayment Options and Disability Discharges

Federal Register, November 1, 2012, Page 66088-66147

Agency

Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

Action

Final regulations

Summary

The Secretary amends the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) program, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program, and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) program regulations. These final regulations implement a new Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR) plan in the Direct Loan program based on the President's ''Pay As You Earn'' repayment initiative, incorporate recent statutory changes to the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) plan in the Direct Loan and FFEL programs, and streamline and add clarity to the total and permanent disability (TPD) discharge process for borrowers in loan programs under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). These final regulations implementing a new ICR plan and the statutory changes to the IBR plan will assist borrowers in
repaying their loans while the changes to the TPD discharge process will reduce burden for borrowers who are disabled and seeking a discharge of their title IV debt. 

Dates

Effective date: These regulations are effective July 1, 2013. Implementation dates: For implementation dates, see the Implementation Date of These Regulations section of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

Further Information

For further information related to the Pay As You Earn repayment plan, and the IBR and ICR plans, Pamela Moran or Jon Utz at (202) 502–7732 or (202) 377–4040 or by email at: Pamela.Moran@ed.gov or Jon.Utz@ed.gov. For information related to Total and Permanent Disability Discharge, Gail McLarnon or Brian Smith at (202) 219–7048 or (202) 502–7551 or by email at Gail.McLarnon@ed.gov or Brian.Smith@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877–8339. Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the contact person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

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