Intended to cover full-time paid volunteer service with an organization participating in a program authorized under Title I of the Domestic Volunteer Act of 1973 (ACTION programs).
- Available to a borrower only if he or she has an outstanding FFELP loan that was first disbursed before July 1, 1993, or a PLUS loan first disbursed before August 15, 1983.
Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for the ACTION Program deferment, a borrower must request it and provide the lender with a statement from an official of the program (Peace Corps or volunteer program) certifying:
- That the borrower has agreed to serve as a volunteer on a full-time basis for at least one year.
- The date on which the borrower's service began.
- The date on which the borrower's service is expected to end.
Deferment Documentation: If the borrower requests an ACTION Program deferment, the lender should forward to the borrower the following common deferment form: Public Service Deferment Request PUB.
Length of Deferment: The ACTION Program deferment begins on the date the condition entitling the borrower to the deferment first existed, as determined by the lender. The deferment ends no later than 3 years after the date on which it began, or the date on which the borrower's commitment is certified to end or actually ends, whichever is earlier.
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