Perkins Loan Award & Repayment

NOTE: The United States Department of Education has announced the ending of the Federal Perkins Loan Program as of September 30, 2015. Federal Perkins Loans cannot be disbursed after this date.

The Federal Perkins Loan Program is a federally funded, low-interest loan.  Northern Kentucky University is the lender using funds from the government and/or payments collected from previous borrowers.

The interest rate on the Perkins loan is five (5) percent, and repayment starts nine (9) months after a student graduates, leaves school, or drops to below half-time status.  The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers the Perkins Loan on your award notice if you qualify.  The Perkins Loans are offered to Juniors, Seniors, and graduate students who have a significant financial need as determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You must be enrolled in 9 credit hours or more to qualify.

Master Promissory Note (MPN)

The MPN must be completed before any Perkins Loan disbursements can take place.  Our billing agent, Educational Computer Systems, Inc (ECSI) processes the MPN.  You can your sign MPN here.

Terms and Repayment

Interest will begin to accrue nine (9) months after a borrower graduates or ceases to be a half time student at an annual percentage rate of 5% based on the unpaid balance.  Depending on the amount you borrowed you may be allowed up to ten years for repayment of your Federal Perkins Loan. 

All disclosure notices and invoices for the Perkins loan will come from our billing agent, ECSI. 

Educational Computer Systems, Inc.
181 Montour Run Road
Corapolis, PA 15108
1-800-437-6931
www.ecsi.net

The borrower is responsible for informing either Student Account Services or ECSI when there is any change in the borrower's name, address, telephone number, email address, or social security number.  The Perkins Loan database is not updated when changes are made with the Registrar's Office. 

Deferment/Forbearance Request

If you are willing but unable to meet your loan payment obligation, then you may qualify for a deferment or forbearance.  There are many options available.  For a complete list of deferment and forbearance options, please click here.  All deferment and forbearance requests must be made in writing.  You can download the request forms here.

Cancellation Request

Borrowers working in certain public service areas may qualify to have all or part of their Perkins Loan cancelled over a five year period.  Examples of positions that qualify for the Perkins loan cancellation benefit are full time nurses, law enforcement, public defenders, and teachers working in low income areas.  A full list of positions that qualify for this cancellation benefit is here.  All cancellation requests must be made in writing.  You can download the request form here.  The borrower is responsible for submitting the appropriate requests on time, and may lose this benefit if requests are not on time.

All deferment, forbearance and cancellation requests can be sent to: 

Educational Computer Systems, Inc.
181 Montour Run Road
Corapolis, PA 15108

Default

If a borrower defaults, it means you failed to make payments on your student loan according to the terms of your promissory note, the binding legal document you signed at the time you took out your loan.  NKU and the federal government both take action to recover the money the borrower owes.  Here are some consequences of default:

  • National credit bureaus are notified of your default which will harm your credit rating.

  • You will be ineligible for additional federal student aid if you decide to return to school until the Perkins loan is brought up to date.

  • State and federal income tax refunds can be withheld and applied toward the amount you owe.

  • You will have to pay late fees and collection costs on top of what you already owe.

  • You can be sued.

The school will also accelerate a defaulted loan.  Acceleration means that the school demands immediate payment of the entire unpaid balance of the loan, including principal, interest, late charges, and collection costs.  The borrower will lose their right to receive cancellation benefits for service that is performed after the date the school or the department accelerated the loan.

Loan Rehabilitation

Loan Rehabiltiation is a special type of payment arrangement developed by the federal government to assist student loan borrowers who have entered default.  To complete rehabiltation of your Perkins Loan, you must make nine consecutive, on time monthly payments.  Once rehabititation is completed on your loan, your account will be returned to current status and all prior negative credit history will be removed.  You will also receive the full benefits of your original promissory note, including deferment, forbearance and cancellation.  Rehabilitation may only be completed one time on a Perkins Loan. 

Loan Consolidation

You are able to consolidate the Perkins Loan with Stafford Loans.  If you have already consolidated your Stafford Loans, please contact your lender to see if the Perkins Loan can be added.  There is currently one lender offering consolidation, the US Department of Education Direct Loans.  You can contact Direct Loans at 1-800-557-7392 or http://www.loanconsolidation.ed.gov.