Loan Repayment & Forgiveness

Before You Graduate

During your time at U-M, our office is here to provide guidance for keeping your financial health on track.

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We offer programs that include:

Interim Debt Management Meetings

We offer Debt Management appointments to all Scientific Trunk, Clinical Trunk, and Branches students. The goal of these meetings is to help you understand your projected debt based on current borrowing, estimate your repayment amount, and provide information on possible repayment options so you can make informed borrowing decisions over the course of your medical education.

If you are unable to meet in person, you may request to receive a detailed Educational Loan Breakdown by email, which will include your current and projected debt. A copy of your Debt Summary will be emailed to you within 5-7 business days, depending on the number of requests.

If you would like to request a Debt Summary and/or have questions, please contact Mary Jo Blinn at mjblinn@med.umich.edu or call our office at 734 763-4147.

M4 Debt Management Exit Interview Appointments

All graduating financial aid recipients are required to attend an individual debt management meeting with the Financial Aid Office. Appointments are scheduled beginning in February of the M4 year.

Part of your exit counseling will be conducted online at StudentsLoans.gov. To use this site, you’ll need the same PIN that you use to access the online FAFSA.

If you do not have a PIN or have lost it, you can get one online. You will need this PIN before you schedule your Debt Management appointment.

Making the Transition

By your M4 year, you’ll have a much better understanding of your loan repayment strategy. To learn more about Federal Direct Loan repayment plans, and your loan balances please visit studentloans.gov.  You can sign in using your FSA ID and password.  The Estimator will calculate your estimated monthly loan payments.

For University Loan balances please visit Loan History in the Financial Aid section of Student Business in Wolverine Access. (Wolverine Access→Student Business→Financial Aid→Current Aid Year→Loans→Loan History)

Federal Loan Forgiveness

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In 2007, Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full-time by certain public service employers.

Health Profession Student Resource

The Association of American Medical Colleges website is a comprehensive resource for pertinent financial aid information related to every phase of a student’s medical career, from pre-med through residency. Their Medloans Organizer and Calculator will help you make smarter choices about your financial aid plans.