Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Deferring Prior Educational Loans

You may be eligible to defer payment on prior educational loans while you are enrolled at least half-time as a student at Northwestern. Contact your lender to determine if you qualify for a student deferment. Incoming students should not submit a service request form until after matriculation.

The deferment process will depend on the loan type:

Federal Stafford, Federal Graduate PLUS and Alternative Loans

  1. The University Registrar sends your enrollment information to the National Student Loan Clearinghouse once a month.
  2. The Clearinghouse notifies your lender(s) and/or servicer(s) that you are in school.
  3. If your lender(s) or servicer(s) sends you a deferment application, simply complete a service request form. The Registrar will complete the deferment application per your instructions on the service request form.
  4. Continue making payments until you receive notification from your lender that your deferment has been processed.

Federal Perkins Loan

  1. Contact your former school to obtain a student deferment form (your former school is your lender for a Federal Perkins Loan).
  2. Complete the "Student Section" of each deferment application as directed.
  3. Attach deferment form to the service request form.
  4. The Registrar will complete the deferment application and send it to your former school.
  5. Continue making payments until you receive notification from your lender that your deferment has been processed.

If you attended Northwestern University previously and had a Perkins loan, you are still required to follow the steps listed above. 

Your Responsibilities While in Deferment

  • Notify your lender(s) of any change in circumstance (e.g., change in address, phone number, name, enrollment status) that might affect your deferment(s).
  • Contact your lender(s) immediately if you continue to receive requests for payment after school has started and/or you have submitted a student deferment form. The Registrar may need to send an enrollment history to your lender(s) to verify your eligibility.