The Department of Education has a new PSLF Reconsideration Request for borrowers who want to contest the PSLF ineligible employer status or qualifying counts. The form is available through the StudentAid.gov website here: Submit a reconsideration request.
Details for the PSLF reconsideration request are below:
You should only submit a reconsideration request, if:
- You used the PSLF Employer Search and your employer’s status was returned as “ineligible,” but you have additional information showing your employer should be eligible;
- You received a notification from the PSLF servicer that your employer is “ineligible,” but you have additional information showing your employer should be eligible; or
- You disagree with the qualifying payment count you received in a letter from the PSLF servicer.
The following are examples of when you shouldn’t submit a reconsideration request (and include the recommended action):
- If you are seeking an update on your progress toward PSLF or TEPSLF, use the PSLF Help Tool to submit a PSLF form to the servicer to assess your progress toward forgiveness.
- If you have a completed PSLF form that you believe is not reflected in your payment count, send it to the PSLF servicer.
- If you want to separate a Joint Consolidation Loan, monitor updates on our Joint Consolidation Loan Separation News and Updates page. Due to recent changes to the law, borrowers will be able to separate joint consolidation loans. We’re working on implementing these changes and will provide updates on that page.
Do You Qualify for PSLF?
Before submitting a reconsideration request, be sure to review our guidelines for qualifying employers as well as the new rules for qualifying payments to confirm that your situation warrants reconsideration for PSLF. You may verify your employer’s eligibility status with the PSLF employer search. You may also use the PSLF Help Tool to search for a qualifying employer, learn what actions you may need to take to become eligible for PSLF or TEPSLF, and submit a PSLF form.
Once you click the link below and log in to your account, you’ll first be asked to review your borrower information.
You will then have to choose between an employer eligibility reconsideration or a qualifying payment reconsideration.
As part of your request, you will have an opportunity upload any documentation that could support your case for reconsideration, including key tax forms or letters from your federal loan servicer. Before you begin, make sure to gather digital versions of related documents so that you can upload them as part of your request. Documentation is not required.
If you believe you meet the conditions for reconsideration and have the details to support your case, you can fill out the reconsideration request form now. Submit a reconsideration request
When should I complete a PSLF reconsideration request?
You should only submit a reconsideration request if you:
- used the PSLF Employer Search and your employer’s status is “ineligible,” but you have additional information showing your employer should be eligible;
- received a notification from the PSLF servicer that your employer is “ineligible,” but you have additional information showing your employer should be eligible; or
- disagree with the qualifying payment count you received in a letter from the PSLF servicer.
My employer is listed as ineligible in the PSLF Employer Search, but it definitely provides a qualifying service, how is that possible?
A qualifying employer must be a not-for-profit or governmental organization to be considered a qualifying employer for PSLF. If your employer is organized as a for profit organization, it cannot be a qualifying employer—regardless of the services it provides. There can, however, be rare exceptions if your employer is wholly owned by a nonprofit organization.
How long does a PSLF reconsideration request take to complete?
Most people complete a reconsideration request in 5 minutes. If you have more than one request to submit, you may begin another request once you complete a submission.
What do I need?
You will need to provide information to support your request. For example, for a reconsideration regarding your employer’s eligibility status, you should include documentation clearly showing your employer’s governmental or nonprofit status. For requests where you disagree with your qualifying payment counts, include applicable letters you received from your servicer(s).