Reducing The Burden

The first federal student loan program was designed to increase the number of students pursuing careers in areas considered important to national security. As student loan programs expanded to serve a broader cross-section of students and became the federal government’s primary form of student aid, repayment options—including plans based on income—evolved to help students manage loan debt. “When the Bill Comes Due: Evolution of Student Loan Repayment,” a 12-minute documentary, explores these early repayment options and follows the evolution of income-driven repayment plans.

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This article can help find the right repayment plan for you, learn how to make payments, get help if you can’t afford your payments, and see what circumstances might result in a loan being forgiven, canceled, or discharged.

Income-driven repayment plans are designed to keep federal student loan borrowers’ monthly payments low and affordable. Monthly payments are adjusted each year based on changes to annual income and family size.

chapter 1
1. Growth of Federal Student Loans
chapter 2
2. Partnering with Campuses and States
chapter 3
3. Building Blocks of Student-Based Aid
chapter 4
4. How the Federal Government Distributes Aid to Students
chapter 5
5. Student Aid Through Tax Benefits
chapter 6
6. Evolution of Student Loan Repayment