Loan deferment is processed by the Registrar’s Office. The School of Education participates in the National Student Clearinghouse, which is an industry-sponsored consortium that was created to simplify the enrollment verification and deferment processes for schools. The Clearinghouse is responsible for providing status and deferment information, on behalf of the school, to guaranty agencies, lenders, servicers, and the Department of Education’s National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

During the second week of each month, the School of Education electronically transmits a report of students’ enrollment status to the Clearinghouse, which, in turn, will supply verification of enrollment to lending agencies. Deferment forms submitted to the Office of the Registrar will be forwarded to the Clearinghouse for processing weekly. Students may call the Clearinghouse at 703-742-7791 and speak to a Student Service Representative if it appears a lender has not accessed the correct information.

Fall and summer are considered separate semesters for enrollment reporting purposes. Students who only need one or two courses to graduate and enroll less than half time will go into their grace period as of the date they cease attending half time.

Students can use the National Clearinghouse’s “My Student Center” to find information on student loans, deferment, and lenders. Students may submit a deferment request form through Student Enrollment and Account Management’s (SEAM)online form.

Students should direct their lenders to use the National Student Clearinghouse to obtain degree conferral or enrollment data. Students must complete the student portion and sign and date the form before it is submitted to the Registrar’s Office. The form must also include the lender’s contact information so that it can be submitted directly to them.

Please note that half-time status for graduate students equates to a minimum of 4.5 credits per semester. For undergraduate students it is 6 credits per semester.

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