Pay as You Earn (PAYE) Plan

What is a Pay As You Earn Plan?

PAYE is a federal student loan relief program signed into law in 2012.

The PAYE Plan is a new federal student loan repayment plan that allows some borrowers to maximize their monthly federal student loan payments at ten percent of their discretionary income. Under certain circumstances, the PAYE Plan forgives borrowers’ remaining balance after 20 years of repayment.

What student loans qualify for PAYE?

Eligible loans include Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized Loans, and Direct Plus Loans for graduates and professionals.

Private Loans and Parent Plus Loans do not qualify for the PAYE Plan.

What type of borrowers are best suited for the PAYE Plan?

To qualify for PAYE, borrowers must demonstrate partial financial hardship and must meet two guidelines:

  • Borrowers must have received a direct loan on or after Oct. 1, 2007, with no outstanding federal loans at that time.
  • Borrowers must have received a direct loan disbursement on or after Oct. 1, 2011.

The PAYE Plan is also fitting for:

  • Those who have low earning potential
  • Those who have graduate school debt
  • Those who are married and you and your spouse have incomes

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