Closed School Discharge
In certain instances, the closure of your school may result in a discharge, or release of your obligation to repay your student
loan. Here's what you need to know.
You are eligible for a discharge if:
Your school closes while you are enrolled and you're unable to complete your program as a result. Note that if you were on an
approved leave of absence at the time of the closure, you are considered to have been enrolled.
Your loans were first disbursed before July 1, 2020 and your school closes within 120 days after you withdraw.
Your loans were first disbursed on or after July 1, 2020 and your school closes within 180 days after you withdraw.
You are not eligible for a discharge if:
Your loans were first disbursed before July 1, 2020 and you withdraw more than 120 days before the school closes.
Your loans were first disbursed on or after July 1, 2020 and you withdraw more than 180 days before the school closes.
You are completing a comparable educational program at another school (through a teach-out agreement, a transfer or any other
You have completed all the coursework for the program, even if you have not received a degree, diploma or certificate.
How to apply for a Closed School Discharge
If the school you attended recently closed and you believe you may be eligible for a closed school discharge, please contact
MOHELA to learn about the Closed School Discharge application process.
Tax Implications if Your Loans are Discharged
Beginning January 1, 2021, discharges due to Closed School are not considered income by the Internal Revenue Service. Therefore,
you will not have to pay federal income tax on your discharged loans.
The discharged loan amount may be considered income for state tax purposes. You may want to consult with your state tax office or
a tax professional before you file your state tax return.
For further information, including a comprehensive Q&A about Closed School Discharges, visit the
Office of Federal Student Aid website.