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Findings: In an analysis of the ICR repayment formula, the following was observed:
• The ICR formula may set initial monthly loan payments so low that they do not cover the cost of borrowing (i.e., the accruing interest). This means a borrower’s costs will grow over this period, which can dramatically increase the total amount of interest a borrower will ultimately pay. This is especially true for students who borrow a lot of money to go to school, but who don’t earn a lot of money after they graduate.
• Even for borrowers whose incomes are rising 5 percent every year, the required annual adjustments in the ICR repayment formula may add only pennies to the amount they pay each month. This means, on a percentage basis, less income (not more) is going toward repaying the loan while interest costs continue to mount.
• Many ICR borrowers will get a tax bill from the IRS. The government will cancel or “forgive” any unpaid balance on a student loan after 25 years. However, under current law, the IRS will treat the “forgiven” income as taxable income to the borrower. For every level of debt assumed in the tables of the Department of Education’s “1996-97 Repayment Book,” a single borrower initially earning $15,000 will face some amount of unpaid balance after 25 years. This unpaid amount ranges from $520 on a $2,500 loan to nearly $240,000 on a $100,000 loan. This equates to an estimated additional tax liability ranging from $78 to nearly $67,000.
• While FDLP rules permit borrowers to switch in and out of ICR at any time, many may discover that another repayment plan could better serve them too late to affordably make the switch. Because the time spent in ICR will reduce the payback period for the other available options, the new monthly payment could be substantially higher then payments under ICR, and higher than if the borrower had started out in one of the other plans.
• Students who take out loans for college now have a variety of repayment options available to them. The standard 10-year, equal-installment repayment method still provides most student loan borrowers with a feasible means to repay their loans and at the lowest total interest cost. Borrowers also have access to a graduated repayment option and extended repayment plans. Students who obtained federally guaranteed loans have access to an income-sensitive repayment option, under which the monthly payment must at least cover the accruing interest. Borrowers needing special relief from having to make even interest-only payments can obtain a “forbearance” and set payments at any level—or suspend their payments entirely—for an agreed-upon period. The loan would accrue any unpaid interest in this case, but it would be for a short-term period when the borrower is in special need of payment relief.
• Repayment tables published by the Department of Education (ED) do not provide three sets of critical information for comparing repayment options: (1) the potential unpaid balance left outstanding and “forgiven” after 25 years of repayment under ICR; (2) the estimate of the resulting federal income tax liabilities that student borrowers will face on the “forgiven” portion; and (3) projections of the monthly payments for years 2 through 25.
Conclusion: For a substantial number of student loan borrowers, ICR will not be the most advantageous way to repay their loans. In general, borrowers should be encouraged to pay off their loans as quickly as possible in order to avoid higher total interest charges. Under the current ICR repayment schedules, interest costs can balloon (more than doubling the total amount to be repaid in some cases) and the promise of “forgiveness” after 25 years—fully taxable in the year granted—comes with tax consequences. These points need to be clearly explained to borrowers, and remedied to the extent possible in future versions of the plan.