:: Cancer Treatment Deferment ::
This deferment is for the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. Contact your loan servicer to discuss your options and download an Cancer Treatment Deferment Request Form PDF. You must continue making your payment until you're notified that a deferment has been granted.
Maximum Time Limit: None
To qualify for a Cancer Treatment Deferment a borrower must be receiving cancer treatment. The deferment will be applied to qualifying loans which entered repayment on or after September 28, 2018.
This deferment will cover up to one year of treatment followed by a six-month post-treatment deferment period, based on the physician’s certification. A Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy who is legally authorized to practice medicine must certify that the borrower is or was receiving cancer treatment in the physician’s care, and the dates of that treatment. If a borrower’s treatment period lasts longer than 12 months, the physician may re-certify that the borrower is continuing to receive cancer treatment at the conclusion of the one-year period by completing a new Cancer Treatment Deferment request form.
Loans which were made before September 28, 2018, but which were not in repayment on that date because the borrower was in an in-grace or in-school status are not eligible for the deferment and will not become eligible when they do enter repayment. In addition, a deferment cannot be granted for a period of treatment before September 28, 2018.