In September 2018, President Donald Trump signed a bill into law, allowing student loan borrowers who have been diagnosed with cancer to delay their federal student loan payments. This new law was created to allow these individuals to focus on their treatment and not their student loan obligations through the course of their medical treatment and six months afterward. However, just nine months after the law took effect, borrowers who have requested this deferment are still waiting for approval.
The delay seems to be due to the U.S. Department of Education not yet providing student loan providers that administer its federal student loan programs an official application through which qualifying borrowers can apply. While the law may be in effect, service providers have no way to implement it.
The Department of Education insists that they are taking steps towards resolving this problem and creating an application for the cancer deferment. However, many borrowers are questioning why this was not done previously. As of January 2019, the Department of Education asked that the Office of Management and Budget conduct an emergency review and approval of the cancer deferment form created.
The Department of Education is also requiring a 60-day comment period on the proposed form, which is delaying the process even further. With cancer patients, time is of the essence. Many consumer advocates question why the comment period was not shorted to 30 or even 15-days.
Student loan servicers are offering temporary forbearances for borrowers who are seeking the cancer deferment. However, forbearance does not stop interest from accruing on the debt while payments are paused. Deferment, on the other hand, puts payments on hold while pausing interest from accruing, as well.
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