Getting Your PSLF Ducks In A Row

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Are you still curious about student loans? Wondering what you need to prepare and apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)? It’s not as straightforward as you might think, so get all your ducks in a row.

In this episode of the Finance for Physicians Podcast, Daniel Wrenne talks to Jeff Wenger, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), about starting and progressing through the PSLF process. 

Topics Discussed:

  • Forbearance: What payment plans count for PSLF, but not COVID or others?
  • 4 Income-driven Repayment Plans:
    • Pay As You Earn (PAYE)
    • Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE)
    • Income-Based Repayment (IBR)
    • Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR)
  • 6-Month Grace Period: Default option for most loan types
  • Golden Ticket: After med school graduation, no income equals zero repayment
  • Strategies: Skip grace period – the more low-cost payments made, the better
  • Nonprofits: Verify payments and work for employer with PSLF certification
  • Additional Complications: Fed Loans (PSLF loan servicer) is leaving business
  • Loan Types: Make sure you have direct loans, or consolidate some of them
  • Timing: How to optimize PSLF and when to file tax returns with income evidence

Links:

A Guide to Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

9 Biggest Student Loan Misconceptions

Should I Drop Out of PSLF

Avoid Leaving Money on the Table with PSLF

Why Student Loans are a Great Bet for Many Physicians 

How to Capitalize on Record Low Student Loan Interest Rates

Nonprofit and 501(c)(3) Exemption Requirements

Federal Student Aid

Jeff Wenger on LinkedIn

Wrenne Financial Planning

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