What Is Forbearance On A Loan?

And is it the right choice for a student loan?

The concept of loans was invented to make things easier for people who have a tough time managing their finances and saving up enough to make their ends meet.

However, even though loans have helped many people, they also come with many strings attached. But if you know how to work around that, we have things like forbearance that can help us out with the repayment process. But what does forbearance on a loan mean?

What is Forbearance on a Loan?

Forbearance is when your loan payments are temporarily postponed. It is a kind of repayment relief granted by your lender. This may also be done in light of a foreclosure when you default on a mortgage payment. Lenders and loan insurers are usually willing to discuss forbearance options and negotiate since the losses generated by foreclosure are usually borne by them.

Forbearance is a relief program which provides the borrower enough time to repay delinquent loan sums. This can be particularly advantageous for struggling borrowers but offering forbearance also is beneficial for the lender, which is typically the bank, who is constantly losing money on foreclosure after the fees associated with the process is paid. However, loan servicers whose job is not to own the loans but to collect the payments may be less likely to work with borrowers on forbearance relief as they do not have to bear as much financial risk.

What is Forbearance on a Student Loan?

Student loan forbearance will allow you to temporarily stop making your loan payments. You can either choose not to make any payment or temporarily make a smaller payment with forbearance. However, you would not likely be making any progress toward forgiveness or paying back your loan. If you are looking to consider an alternative, you should consider income-driven repayment.

Income-Driven Repayment Plan

If your circumstances are making it harder for you to repay your loans that may continue for an extended period or you are not certain when you will be able to afford your monthly loan payments again, you might want to change your student loan plan to an income-driven repayment plan. As the name suggests, these income-driven repayment plans calculate your monthly payments based on your income and the size of your family. In some cases, you might get away with your per month payment being as low as $0. You can also be provided loan forgiveness if you fail to pay your loan in full after 20 or 25 years.

However, you will not be allowed to make progress towards forgiveness with forbearance if you are seeking Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) or income-driven repayment forgiveness.

If you are having trouble making your student loan payments, the best option would be to contact your student loan servicer so that they can guide you better.

What is Accrued Interest With Example?

Accrued interest refers to the amount of interest that is incurred on a loan but has not been paid out yet. It can either be in the form of accrued interest revenue which is for the lender or in the form of an accrued interest expense which is for the borrower.

The term accrued interest also refers to the bond interest amount that is accumulated from when the last bond interest payment was made to now.

So if you are granted a forbearance, you would still be responsible to pay the interest that has accrued during the forbearance period.

You can either choose to pay the interest as it accrues during a forbearance or you can allow it to accrue first and then be capitalized which means it will be added to your loan principal balance by the end of the forbearance period.

However, if you fail to pay the interest on your loan and it is capitalized, the total amount you have to repay over the course of the loan is likely to be higher. It is only on direct loans and Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans that allow unpaid interest to be capitalized. Whereas loans like Federal Perkins Loans do not allow unpaid interest to be capitalized.

How to Pay Off Accrued Interest?

You can choose to pay your accrued interest at any time. All you are required to do is contact your loan servicer and discuss their repayment methods. In case you do not know who your servicer is, you should check StudentAid.gov.

You are not required to pay the accrued interest while you are still in school or during your six month grace period. Your interest will be capitalized i.e. added to the principal balance of the loan only when you enter repayment. However, if you can afford to pay the interest, you should do so as it will only end up saving you money in the long run.

How to Calculate Accrued Interest on a Bond?

Most bonds typically pay interest only twice a year. In between these payments, the bonds tend to accrue interest on a daily basis. You are required to pay the amount of accrued interest on any bond you choose to purchase since the seller of that bond is entitled to the interest. You will receive the full interest payment when the next interest payment date arrives.

In order to calculate the accrued interest on a bond, you should first determine the bond type you are buying and then find the interest rate of the bond which is expressed as a decimal. The next step would be to note down the total par value of the bonds being purchased. Bonds typically have a par value of $1,000 so if you buy 100 bonds, the total par value for you will be $100,000. You then need to multiply the interest rate by the total par value. So for example, if the interest rate is 5% and the total par value of the bonds you are buying is $100,000, the calculation will be .05 x 100,000 = $5,000.

You should then determine the number of days the interest is accrued for. Divide the number of these days by either 360 or 365, depending on the type of bond. Then multiply the product of your interest rate and par value by the quotient of the days and either 360 or 365. This will give you the total accrued interest amount that you currently owe.


So to answer the question, “What is forbearance on a loan?” It can be quite a useful tool if you are defaulting on your loan or due to unforeseen circumstances, cannot pay the total amount of your monthly payments. In cases like such, you can either choose forbearance or change your plan to an income-driven repayment plan.

Sandra Johnson

Sandra Johnson

Sandra Johnson was a few years out of school and took a job as a life insurance agent in California, selling coverage door-to-door for Prudential. The experience taught her about the technical components of insurance and its benefits for individuals and society, as well as the misunderstandings people often have about insurance. She has over ten years’ experience in the insurance industry, having worked as both a Broker and Underwriter, assisting clients across a broad range of industries. At Insurance Noon, Sarah diligently gathers all the required information and curates up pieces to provide meaningful insurance solutions. Her personal value proposition is to demonstrate a genuine interest in always adding value for clients.Her determined approach to guiding clients has turned her into a platinum adviser to multiple insurers.

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