Postponing federal student loan payments through deferment or forbearance can bring much-needed relief to your finances. But deferred loans do accrue interest, unless they’re subsidized. Plus, interest will still accrue on your loans during forbearance, regardless of whether they’re subsidized or unsubsidized.
Also to know is, does forbearance hurt credit?
Will forbearance hurt my credit? Loan forbearance should not have any impact on your credit. Your lender may report your forbearance, but so long as you fulfill your part of the agreement, no missed payments will be recorded and your score will be unaffected by your choice to participate in a forbearance.
In this way, is it better to get a deferment or forbearance?
Deferment: Generally better if you have subsidized federal student loans or Perkins loans and you are unemployed or dealing with significant financial hardship. Forbearance: Generally better if you don’t qualify for deferment and your financial challenge is temporary.
What happens with forbearance?
Once your forbearance ends, you’ll have to make arrangements to repay what you owe (all of the missed payments during forbearance). The options for repayment vary by the loan type, as shown below. Although you can pay what you owe in one lump sum, none of the loans require a lump sum payment once forbearance ends.
Both allow you to temporarily postpone or reduce your federal student loan payments. The main difference is if you are in deferment, no interest will accrue to your loan balance. If you are in forbearance, interest WILL accrue on your loan balance.
The March 2020 CARES Act put a pause on federal student loan payments and interest, and it’s since been extended under President Biden through Sept. 30, 2021. This pause also prevents any collection activities, which includes taking your federal tax refund to pay your defaulted student loan, Rossman adds.