Here are 4 steps you can take to avoid a having your tax refund taken for a Student Loan default:
- Get your student loans out of default. After nine months of nonpayment your student loans go in to default status. Making the minimum payments on time will keep you out of default.
- Ask for a deferment or forbearance. If you can’t pay your loans on time, ask for a deferment. A deferment can postpone payments for up to three years. Depending on your loans, interest may or may not continue to accrue if you’re in deferment. You can also request a forbearance, which pauses your loan payments for up to one year. A forbearance has different eligibility rules and interest continues to add up during the forbearance period.