Student Loan Payment Suspension

The office of Federal Student Aid is currently providing the following relief on ED-held federal student loans:

  • Suspend required monthly loan payments
  • Stop collections on defaulted loans
  • Temporarily set interest rates to 0%

On March 27, 2020 Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which provided for the above relief measures through Sept. 30, 2020. It has been extended multiple times.

On August 6, 2021 the Biden Administration extended the student loan pause until January 31, 2022. At the time they stated it would be the “final extension”. Borrowers should plan to start making required monthly payments again in February 2022.

Additional information can be found here:

COVID-19 Resources for Schools, Students and Families

Default Management Impacts

Pantheon has suspended delinquency assistance for our clients for the duration of the loan payment freeze. We intend to restart service in February 2022. The Department of Ed and loan servicers will be contacting all borrowers ahead of time to inform them when payments will resume.

SCHOOL DEFAULT RATES ARE NOT AT RISK: No required monthly payments means no possibility of delinquency which means no potential to default.

OFFICIAL 2018 Cohort Default Rates

On September 27, 2021 the Department of Education released FY2018 OFFICIAL 3-year Cohort Default Rates for all eligible schools.  The 2018 cohort consists of borrowers who entered repayment on Direct Stafford loans during FY2018 (between 01Oct2017 and 30Sept2018).  Any of these borrowers who defaulted before 30Sept2020 will contribute to their school’s 3-year CDR.

Official rates are available to the public and can be found here by searching for OPE-ID or school name.

Additional information on the release can be found in this announcement and press release:

Department of Education OFFICIAL 2018 CDR Announcement

National Default Rate Briefing for FY 2018 Official Cohort Default Rates

Retrieving your Rate

All schools enrolled in the Electronic Cohort Default Rate (eCDR) process will automatically receive their Cohort Default Rates and accompanying documentation via their Student Aid Internet Gateway (SAIG) mailbox. Your cohort default rate is found on the first page of the Cover Letter.

Note:  We encourage any school not already signed up for the eCDR process to do so by completing the enrollment form on the SAIG Enrollment Web site.

Any school not enrolled in the eCDR process may view their Cohort Default Rates from the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) via the  NSLDS Professional Access Web site.  They may also manually request the accompanying documentation (aka Loan Record Detail Reports). Instructions for requesting and retrieving LRDRs can be found here.

Pantheon requests/retrieves data, letters and reports related to all CDRs for our clients via NSLDS as it becomes available.

Again:  We strongly encourage any school not already signed up for the eCDR process to do so by completing the enrollment process on the SAIG Enrollment Web site.  If you are unsure of your enrollment status, click here.

CDR Guide

On November 22, 2011, the Department of Education released an updated version of the Cohort Default Rate Guide.   The new guide incorporates changes for the transition to the 3-year default period and includes information on electronic cohort default rate (eCDR) appeals.

Click the links below for the official announcement and PDF versions of the guide.