The Department of Personnel and Administration publishes annual, up-to-date information about eligibility requirements for federal loan forgiveness programs designed to incentivize public service and help make the State of Colorado an employer of choice. Recent events have made student loan repayment difficult for many public employees. On this page you can find additional information and strategies for reducing anxiety around your student loan.
On Oct. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced a change to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program rules as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. Throughout the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education has provided a variety of benefits to borrowers.
Now, for a limited period of time, borrowers may receive credit for past payments made on loans that would otherwise not qualify for PSLF.
Please visit the Federal Student Aid website for a complete listing of new rules around qualifying payments, waiver requirements, the employment verification process, and more.
Many people and families have been hit hard by the response to COVID-19. If you are struggling to make payments on your student loans, the information, strategies, and resources below may assist you in navigating these difficult times.
If you are employed by a government or non-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your direct loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a repayment plan while working full-time for a qualified employer.
If you are working toward PSLF, you can use the PSLF Help Tool to assist you in starting the process
Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on your subsidized and unsubsidized student loans. If you have a direct consolidation loan or a federal consolidation loan, you may also be eligible for forgiveness of the outstanding portion of the consolidation loan that repaid an eligible student or Stafford loan.
To learn more about the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page at the Office of Federal Student Aid.
While you might have selected or been assigned a repayment plan when you first began repaying your student loan, you can change repayment plans, for free, at any time. Contact your loan servicer if you would like to discuss repayment options or change your federal loan repayment plan.
Learn more about how to repay your loans from the U.S. Department of Education.
For more information about local, state and federal loan forgiveness and repayment programs please reach out to the student loan ombudsperson in the Colorado Attorney General's Office.
Every investment we make has a return. The return on your investment in education is a direct measure of the value you receive from your educational choices relative to what they might have cost you. Maximizing Value for Students and Our State, the Colorado Department of Higher Education's Annual Return on Investment Report offers Colorado students a better understanding of the value of different career paths and skill sets. The department also has online tools to help Coloradans maximize the return on investment they receive from the educational loans they take out over time.