ACTIVE DUTY FOR FEDERAL AND PRIVATE LOANS
You may be eligible to postpone your student loan payments while serving active duty military service or in the National Guard on qualifying duty in connection with a war, valid contingency operation, or national emergency and for 180 days immediately following demobilization.
POST-ACTIVE DUTY FOR FEDERAL LOANS
You may be eligible to postpone your federal student loan payments while serving active duty with the National Guard or other Reserve Component in connection with a war, valid contingency operation, or national emergency for a 13-month period if you were enrolled at least half time at an eligible school at the time of, or within six months prior to, being called to active duty.
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HEAL LOAN POSTPONEMENT
This postponement is available for up to three years to borrowers of Health Education Assistance Loans (HEAL) who are on full time active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. The HEAL program was discontinued in 1998.
If you meet the requirements for a Military Service Deferment, you can submit a completed Military Service and Post Active Duty Student Deferment Request form, a copy of your military orders, or a signed letter from your commanding or personnel officer. The initial 12 months of a Military Service Deferment may be granted if you or your representative submit a verbal request. Subsequent periods require additional certification.