Borrowing a student loan warrants responsibilities.
Repay the Loan. When a promissory note is signed, an agreement is made to repay the loan according to the terms of the note. The note is a binding legal document and states that, except in cases of discharge, the borrower must repay the loan--even if education is not completed, a job is not received after completing the program, or the borrower is dissatisfied with, or does not receive the education paid for. Consider this obligation before borrowing. If a loan is not repaid on time or according to the terms in the promissory note, the borrower may go into default, which has very serious consequences.
Voluntary Payments. Payments must be made on a loan even if a bill or repayment notice is not received. A borrower is obligated to make payments even if a notice is not received. Billing statements (or coupon books) are sent as a convenience.
Deferment. If applying for a deferment or forbearance, a borrower must continue to make payments until notified that the request has been granted. The loan may go in default if payments are not made during the process. A copy of any submitted request forms should be kept. The borrower should document all contacts with the organization that holds you loan.
Notification of Status. Upon graduation, university withdrawal, or a drop below part time status, a borrower must notify the appropriate representative (school, agency, or lender) that manages the loan. If a change of name, address, Society Security Number, or transfer to another school occurs, the representative should be contacted. If borrowing a Perkins Loan, the loan will be managed by the school that lends the money or by an agency that the school assigns to service the loan. If borrowing a FFEL Program Loan, it will be managed by the lender or its servicing agent.
Entrance Counseling. Regardless of the type of federal loan borrowed, entrance counseling must be completed prior to a first loan disbursement. Exit counseling must be completed before leaving school. These counseling sessions will be administered by Delta State and will provide important information about loans. Additional information about a loan will be provided by the lender.
Borrowers have certain rights.
Before leaving school, the following loan information will be received from the school or lender:
Parents that borrow a FFEL Program Loan must be notified when a loan is sold if the sale results in making payments to a new lender or agency. The old and new lender or agency must notify the borrower of the sale. The identity of the new lender or agency holding the loan, payment address, and contact information must be provided. (This does not apply to Perkins Loan borrowers.)