Improved USDA Guidelines on Student Loans!
As we all know, student loan debt can have a major impact on mortgage qualifying! In today’s topic, I’ll explain how improved USDA guidelines on student loans have led to qualifying improvements.
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Student Loan Debt
Unfortunately, qualifying to buy a home with student loan debt is becoming a bigger challenge each and every day, and this is not just a problem for First-Time Homebuyers.
As we dig into the actual details, the actual numbers are somewhat staggering. In fact, recent data shows that the US has more than 42.8 million borrowers with $1.64 trillion in student loan debt.
Now, after we all have taken a deep breath, let’s get into the details of current USDA guidelines on student loans.
USDA Guidelines on Student Loans
USDA student loan guidelines have improved by reducing the amount needed for qualifying on certain student loans. This provides the ability to increase your overall budget and price range.
Fixed-Payment Student Loans
A fixed-rate loan has an interest rate that remains the same for the life of the loan.
For fixed payment loans, “A permanent amortized, fixed payment may be used in the debt ratio when the lender retains documentation to verify the payment is fixed, the interest rate is fixed, and the repayment term is fixed. The fixed payment will fully amortize/pay in full the debt at the end of the term.”
Non-Fixed Rate Payment Student Loans
A non-fixed rate loan has a variable interest rate that varies as market interest rates change.
For non-fixed payment loans, “payments for deferred loans, Income-Based Repayment (IBR), Income-Contingent (IC), Graduated, Adjustable, and other types of repayment agreements which are not fixed must use the greater of the following”:
- “One half (.50) percent of the outstanding loan balance documented on the credit report or creditor verification”, or
- “The current documented payment under the approved repayment plan with the creditor.”
Unlike prior USDA guidelines which required taking a full one percent (1%) of the balance on non-fixed payment loans, current USDA student loan guidelines have improved by reducing the minimum payment to one-half percent (.50%) of the balance.
Additional USDA Student Loan Guidelines
USDA student loan guidelines provide for the following:
- Student loans in the applicant’s name alone but paid by another party remain the legal responsibility of the applicant. The applicable payment must be included in the monthly debts.
- Student loans in a “forgiveness” plan/program remain the legal responsibility of the applicant until they are released of liability from the creditor. The applicable payment must be included in the monthly debts
In summary, USDA guidelines on student loans have improved by reducing the amount needed for qualifying on certain student loans. This means you have the ability to increase your overall budget and price range.
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