In March, the Obama administration extended the repayment period for Stafford loans to 30 months from four years.
The extension was expected to give borrowers a chance to get out of debt faster, and it was a big win for lenders.
But the extension came with one major caveat: borrowers must pay off their loans within the next 10 years, even if they’re living in their homes.
And while borrowers who owe more than $1,000 on their loans can still take advantage of the loan forgiveness, it’s a tough time to do so for many borrowers.
The average student loan debt now stands at $25,000.
For many, it could be worse.
In May, the Department of Education announced that borrowers who had outstanding Stafford loans would be eligible for loan forgiveness if they paid off the balance within the past five years.
But many lenders say that while it’s not uncommon to have an outstanding loan, many borrowers aren’t making the necessary payments.
So why does Stafford offer loans that are nearly impossible to pay off?
And how do they work?
The answer lies in the Stafford loan forgiveness program, a system that’s based on a federal law called the Stafford Act, which was passed in 1970 to provide loans to low-income and working-class families, especially those who were struggling with unemployment.
Under the program, borrowers who are making payments on time and making at least $50,000 in income qualify for a loan forgiveness loan.
These loans are usually paid off over the life of the loans, but if the borrower falls behind on payments or defaults on a loan, the government can suspend the loan for a specified period of time.
In most cases, borrowers with delinquent debt can file a complaint with the department and receive a grace period, allowing them to keep the loan.
But there are exceptions to the grace period.
In some cases, a borrower can still qualify for the loan, even though they haven’t paid off all of their debt.
For example, borrowers may be able to request a loan repayment extension if they haven