The Higher Education Amendments Of 1998
The Higher Education Amendments of 1998, signed into law on October 7, 1998, changed the terms of Federal Perkins Loans and National Direct Student Loans authorized under Part E of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
For the purpose of establishing the beginning of your repayment period if you are a National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) or a Federal Perkins Loan borrower, the six month initial grace period for NDSLs and the nine month initial grace period for Federal Perkins Loans excludes any period during which you are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces named in section 10101 of Title 10, United States Code, and you are called or ordered to active duty for a period of more than 30 days. Any single period excluded from your grace period may not exceed three years and includes the time necessary for you to resume enrollment at the next available regular enrollment period. You must notify the school that made your loan of the beginning and ending dates of your service, and the date you resume enrollment. If you have an NDSL or Federal Perkins Loan and are in your initial grace period when called or ordered to active duty, you are entitled to a new six or nine month initial grace period upon completion of the excluded period.
If you default on your NDSL or Federal Perkins Loan, you may rehabilitate your defaulted loan by requesting the rehabilitation and by making an on-time, monthly payment, as determined by the loan holder, each month for twelve consecutive months. If you successfully rehabilitate your defaulted NDSL or Federal Perkins Loan, you will again be subject to the terms and conditions and qualify for the benefits and privileges of your original promissory note and the default will be removed from your credit history. You can rehabilitate a defaulted NDSL or Federal Perkins Loan only once.
Cancellation For Volunteer Service
Upon making a properly documented request to the holder of your loan, you are entitled to have up to 70% of the original principal loan amount of your NDSL canceled for qualifying service performed after you receive the loan as a volunteer under The Peace Corps Act or a volunteer under The Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973 (ACTION programs).
For each complete year of service under the Volunteer Service Cancellation provision, a portion of your loan will be canceled at the rate of 15% of the original principal loan amount for the first and second 12-month period of service and 20% of the original principal loan amount for the third and fourth 12-month period of service.