Federal Student Aid just announced big changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

In the past when a borrower made a lump sum payment or otherwise pre-paid their loan, those payments would only count as one qualifying payment toward PSLF. In August, FSA’ changed their policy and as a result prepayments and lump sum payments will count for as qualifying payments if a borrower has a valid employment certification on file and other usual eligibility conditions are being met. This news is HUGE for those working in public service and seeking PSLF.

FSA also announced they are launching a redesigned PSLF Help Tool for borrowers on the website. The tool will help borrowers determine their eligibility and even apply for PSLF using a single  form for PSLF and Temporary Expanded PSLF (TEPSLF). Following the update, borrowers will only need to submit this one form to certify their employment or to be considered for forgiveness under PSLF or TEPSLF.