Student Loan refers to liabilities incurred for educational purposes.
If the payment used for the monthly obligation is less than the monthly payment reported on the Borrower’s credit report, the Mortgagee must obtain written documentation of the actual monthly payment, the payment status, and evidence of the outstanding balance and terms from the creditor or student loan servicer.
The Mortgagee may exclude the payment from the monthly debt calculation where written documentation from the student loan program, creditor or student loan servicer indicates that the loan balance has been forgiven, canceled, discharged, or otherwise paid in full.
Calculation of Monthly Obligation
For outstanding Student Loans, regardless of the payment status, the Mortgagee must use:
- the payment amount reported on the credit report or the actual documented payment, when the payment amount is above zero; or
- 0.5 percent of the outstanding loan balance, when the monthly payment reported on the Borrower’s credit report is zero.
Exception: Where a student loan payment has been suspended in accordance with COVID-19 emergency relief, the Mortgagee may use the payment amount reported on the credit report or the actual documented payment prior to suspension, when that payment amount is above $0.
For additional information see:
Handbook 4000.1 II.A.4.b.iv(H); II.A.5.a.iv(G): https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/administration/hudclips/handbooks/hsgh