Financial Aid Workshops
January 29, 2015
We have arranged for Chris Long and Gregg Helman of Consolidated Planning, Inc. to come and speak on January 29, 2015 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. All medical students will be invited to attend as they address the challenges of student loan debt, repayment options and strategies, and offer cutting edge solutions to this ubiquitous problem. Class of 2015 and 2016 will have the opportunity to meet individually on Thursday, January 29th and Friday, January 30th. They will work with you to create the best loan repayment and financial plan that meets your goals. Those interested in this fabulous opportunity, please email our office for the registration link for your desired appointment.
February 26, 2015
Brandon Barfield from GL Advisors will be our guest speaker from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. GL Advisors manage debt for over 12,000 medical graduates; so come and benefit from their experience in student loan borrowing. They will provide updates on the loan repayment marketplace and the realities of navigating IBR (Income Based Repayment), PAYE (Pay As You Earn), PSLF (Public Service Loan Forgiveness), and strategies to maximize your benefits. They will share case studies related to transitioning to practice, which highlight the economic importance of strategic loan management during medical training. They will also examine the impact of the Obama Executive Order to expand PAYE eligibility, as well as the proposed changes included in the 2015 Budget Proposal.
March 19, 2015
A member of the AAMC will be here for senior seminar and student loan exit counseling. However, anyone that can attend is welcome as it is never too early to gain insight on what to expect after graduation! The AAMC will walk us through the steps and timelines from graduation and grace periods –to entering repayment. They will explain how, when and why you should consolidate loans, defer loans or opt for residency forbearance. They will describe all available repayment plans and explain the nuances of Public Service Loan Forgiveness. This session should provide you with a clear understanding of all your options to create a smooth, stress free transition to residency.
March 26, 2015
Brandon Barfield from GL Advisors will be back for an encore! Seniors still struggling with financial decisions will be able to take advantage of Brandon’s knowledge and experience once more so they can be confident with their plan going forward. All are invited!
Important Information Regarding Loan Origination Fees for Federal Direct Loans
For any loan disbursement for a loan where the first disbursement is/will be:
The origination fee percentage for Direct Unsubsidized Loans is:
The origination fee percentage for Grad Direct PLUS Loans is:
On or after 10/1/2014
North Carolina Forgivable Education Loans for Service Program (FELS)
If you were a North Carolina resident one year prior to matriculating into the MD or PA Program, and you plan to work full time in NC, you qualify for this loan forgiveness program!
The FELS or Forgivable Education Loan for Service program was established by the NC General Assembly in 2011. The first loans were available for the 2012-2013 academic year. It is a forgivable loan to NC MD and PA Students. The ONLY requirement for forgiveness is to work full-time in NC!
If you are applying for the first time, go to www.cfnc.org/FELS
The application is now available and the deadline is April 1, 2015.
Current FELS recipients will be automatically considered for renewal after spring grades are posted. You do NOT need to submit a new application.
If you need further information check it out on the CFNC website or contact us. We will be happy to talk to you about it.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
If you aspire to work in the public service sector, you'll find that the reward is not only emotional—but possibly monetary, as well. That's because the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established a program that forgives some federal student loans under certain circumstances.
This government program provides forgiveness for the remaining balance (principal and interest) on eligible Direct Loans after the borrower makes 120 qualifying monthly payments while working in a qualifying public service position.
Only qualifying payments made after October 1, 2007 count towards PSLF; therefore, the first forgiveness of loan balances will not occur until October 2017 (at the earliest).
Any non-defaulted loan made under the Direct Loan Program may be eligible. These include:
- Direct Stafford Loans (subsidized and unsubsidized)
- Direct PLUS Loans, including Grad PLUS
- Direct Consolidation Loans
Other Federal Loans:
The following federal student loan programs may also be eligible for PSLF if they are consolidated into the Direct Loan Program*:
- Federal Family Education Loans - (Stafford, PLUS, and Consolidation Loans)
- Federal Perkins Loans
- Certain Health Professions and Nursing Loans
*Only payments made on the Direct Consolidation Loan will count toward the required 120 monthly payments needed for forgiveness.
1. Repayment Plans: Borrowers must not be in default on the loan(s) and must make 120 required monthly payments while in an eligible repayment plan. Eligible repayment plans include:
- Standard Repayment
- Income Contingent Repayment
- Income-based Repayment
- Other Direct Loan repayment plans, if certain conditions are met. For more information review: PSLF Program Q&As for Borrowers
2. Public Service Employment: Borrowers must be employed full-time (at least 30 hours per week) in a qualifying public service position (a) during the period in which he or she made each of the 120 monthly payments, (b) at the time of application for loan forgiveness, and (c) at the time the remaining principal and interest are forgiven.
Qualifying Public Service Jobs
“Qualifying public service jobs” include work in 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, and most medical schools and teaching hospitals. Sample fields include:
- Emergency management
- Military service (active duty)
- Public safety
- Public health
- and more*
More details about Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Employer Certification Forms can be obtained at Federal Student Aid .
For more information, go to https://www.aamc.org/services/first/first_factsheets/112344/public_service_loan_forgiveness.html or contact our office.