When do loans accrue interest??

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When do loans accrue interest??

Postby AlisonT » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:04 pm

Hello,

1. When does a loan begin to accrue interest - for both subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans?
2. Are subsidized and unsubsidized loans lumped together for payments or are they separated?
3. Can a graduate pay loans online?

Thank you.
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Re: When do loans accrue interest??

Postby cyndic47 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 6:38 pm

Unsubsidized loans, accrue interest from the time you take the loans out until they are paid back. Subsidized has interest anytime you are not in school or a deferment. If the lender is the same, all sub and unsub can be put together in a loan. Typically loans are put together by year. Most, if not all, loan servicers offer a pay online option.
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Re: When do loans accrue interest??

Postby iGrad-FinLit » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:23 pm

Hey Allison, good questions!

1) An unsubsidized Stafford loan will begin to accrue interest as soon it is fully disbursed. That means it will accumulate interest while you’re still enrolled in school. A subsidized Stafford loan on the other hand, will not accrue interest until your school deferment and grace period are over. So it will not accrue interest until you begin payments on it.

2) Subsidized and unsubsidized loans are lumped together for ease of payments but they are still tracked separately. That means that if you do want to make a payment towards one and not the other, you should be able to make arrangements to do so through your servicer. Make sure to contact them and find out the best way to handle that as each Federal loan servicer is going to be a little bit different. It is usually not as simple as just writing a note on your check. You can pay loans online whether you’re a student or a graduate. Now most Federal servicers do have functionality on their websites to allow you to make payments, whether those are your regular monthly payments or just interest payments while you are in school. While most current Federal student loan servicers do allow online payments, the Department of Education has been adding several new servicers lately. So you may want to check with your servicer to make sure that they do allow that. A list of all the Federal student loan servicers can be found at studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/servicers. I hope that helps and good luck!

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