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Cares Act - Federal Student Loan Relief

April 21, 2020

Under the Cares Act, Congress signed in to law broad relief for federal student loan borrowers. If you are currently in repayment mode, your payments will automatically stop from March 13, 2020 through Sept 30, 2020. Congress also temporarily set the interest rate on all federal student loans to 0%. However, if you would like to continue to make payments during this period, you may choose to do so.

So, what’s right for you? If you are in a situation where you can still continue to pay on your federal student loan, then it would be wise to continue to do so. The reason would be that the current payment you were making will now go FULLY towards principal and in effect help you pay off your loan quicker and save you money!

Here is a comparison of a 6% interest rate vs 0% interest rate for a 7-month period:

Principal = $30,000

Term = 10 years (120 months)

Interest = 6%

Payment = $333.06

Payment DatePaymentPrincipalInterestTotal InterestBalance

Total interest PAID over the 6% interest rate 7-month period would be $1,030.62.


Principal = $30,000

Term = 10 years(120 months)

Interest = 0%

Payment = $333.06

Payment DatePaymentPrincipalInterestTotal InterestBalance

Total interest SAVED over the 0%, 7-month period would be $1,030.62.

As you can see, the $333.06 monthly payment would now fully go towards paying off principal on your federal student loan instead of splitting between principal and interest. Again, only continue to pay if you can afford to do so. This Cares Act relief was put into place to help those who have lost all or part of their income due to the current pandemic. But if your income remains the same, take advantage of this new money saving opportunity!


Steven Dengler, CFP®

Financial Advisor / Director of Planning

Your local Towson Financial Advisors

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