Public Service Loan Forgiveness (or PSLF) is a program that allows certain individuals to get the remainder of their direct student loans discharged. Sounds great, right? Of course, there are a lot of restrictions.
In order to qualify, you must
- Work full-time for a government agency or non-profit
- Have direct loans
- Repay your loans on an income-driven repayment plan
- Make 120 qualifying payments
Most important for Clergy members is the first item- the borrower has to work for full-time for a government agency or for a nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
According to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service#full-time-employment:
- “For PSLF, you are generally considered to work full-time if you meet your employer’s definition of full-time or work at least 30 hours per week, whichever is greater.”
- “If you are employed in more than one qualifying part-time job at the same time, you may meet the full-time employment requirement if you work a combined average of at least 30 hours per week with your employers.”
- “If you are employed by a not-for-profit organization, time spent on religious instruction, worship services, or any form of proselytizing may not be counted toward meeting the full-time employment requirement.”
For members of the Clergy, this means that they have to work 30 hours a week for a nonprofit organization, in addition to whatever work they are already doing for their church. If you work for your Church and also dedicate 30 hours a week to a non-church related non-profit, you can read more about the PSLF at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service.
If you think you may qualify and would like a consultation with Clergy Financial to see if we could help with an application, visit our website at https://www.clergyfinancial.com/resources/proadvisor/ and schedule for a Pro-Advisor consultation today.
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