Stressed about Paying Back Your Student Loans? Here’s Help!

Checklist for College-Bound Student FinancesIt’s true that there’s no magic eraser for student loan debt, but did you know that there are legitimate programs—some that are even government-sponsored—that can make your student loans disappear? Gone. Paid off. Cleared entirely from your financial plate. Sound too good to be true? This article can help you separate fact from fiction and decide if your chosen degree qualifies you for valuable student loan forgiveness programs.

Federal Loan Forgiveness

The most common loan forgiveness comes from the federal government. In certain cases, loans are paid (partially or entirely) for students who earn degrees in service-related sectors and/or agree to work for a period of time in areas where their skills are most needed. This type of loan forgiveness typically applies to loans obtained through certain channels and for specific educational purposes.

Employment sectors where student loan forgiveness has proven a popular and viable option include:

Volunteer Work/Public Service

Military/Government Employees

  • The Student Loan Repayment Program provides loan forgiveness for employees of a variety of government agencies as well as military service personnel.
  • Students who enlist and serve successful tours of duty with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are eligible for educational funding under the Montgomery G.I. Bill.
  • Additional college funding and repayment opportunities for active members of the armed forces, as well as veterans and their families, are listed here.


Legal Aid

  • Loan Repayment Assistance Programs can help relieve the often staggering educational debt that many attorneys face after law school. These awards can be administered by institutions, state bar associations, and state and government agencies.

Health Care

Because of the skyrocketing cost of completing a medical degree, nearly every branch of medicine offers conditional loan forgiveness programs to graduates. Some of the most commonly granted include:

Other Loan Cancellation/Forgiveness

Additionally, some loans can be canceled or forgiven for the following reasons:

  • Your school closed within 90 days of your enrollment
  • Funds were obtained fraudulently using your name or info
  • The school did not thoroughly evaluate your credentials before accepting you
  • You develop a permanent disability that prevents you from finishing the program
  • You file for bankruptcy (FYI: This does not discharge most student debt.)

In general, complaints of poor training or limited job placement services are not sufficient grounds for canceling student loans. However, if you feel that you are eligible or have been wrongfully denied loan forgiveness, contact your loan administrator.


This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.


  1. rex costley

    My wife is a Nurse Practitioner and employed with several doctors. We have two college loans we are paying and trying to see if there are anyt programs that will reduce our loan amount. We heard about government loan assistance through seeing patients with Medicare. Thank you for assisting us with this inquiry.

  2. Fabiola Vilpin

    8 years ago I graduated Lehigh Valley College. I had planned to further my education when my dreams was crashed. I was told that my 96 credits were non- transferable. Now as we speak, the school has been shut down, because the government had to investigate the school and they found out that the school was committing fraud when it came to school loans. Now, not only did I waste 2 years of my life attending this school I found out that my degree is no longer valid either. Correct me if I’m wrong but how is it possible that I am paying for a school loan that I hold no degree to because of the fraud being committed by the school staffs. i honestly think my loan should be completely erase from my credit and I should not be held responsible to pay it back for that matter, not to mention when i graduated, everywhere I went was hiring experienced individuals only which made me discourage and go into the nursing field which i never liked to begin with and now I am paying for the price. I am disabled.

  3. Mark L.

    I attended a 2 year program, held a 4.0 average through the whole term; and failed to graduate because of a missed make up day.
    That is not even the beginning! I was admitted with out ever graduating from high school, not even with a GED. Not once was ever asked for either. Would this qualify as not thoroughly evaluating my credentials? It has been awfully hard repaying loans for a degree I never got. Especially the unsubsidized loans. The one in subsidized loan took me almost 8 years to pay off. I was locked into a 13% interest rate.
    If I could give any advice based upon what I experienced with continuing my education; it would be, try not to incur student loans if at all possible! Especially non federal loans. I must have paid off close to what I still owe in federal loans with that one loan at 13%.

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  6. Susanne Kokoska

    I think that this is great that there are so many options for us Veterans, but what I don’t understand is that there are many loan forgiveness opportunities for only certain professional fields. I have some student loan debt prior to joining the military and I spent 5 years serving our country, then received an honorable discharge. I find it very upsetting and disappointing that being a Veteran working in the IT field industry, that I have no options for loan forgiveness. I think all Veterans should be eligible for loan forgiveness or at least be able to receive something toward helping us get some of it paid off.

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