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Public Service Loan Forgiveness

​​​​​​​​​Under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers. ​For an overview of this federal program, review this infographic about PSLF​. ​

Qualifying and Applying for PSLF

To qualify for PSLF, you must:

  • be employed by a U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government or not-for-profit organization (federal service includes U.S. military service);
  • work full-time for that agency or organization;
  • have Direct Loans (or consolidate other federal student loans into a Direct Loan);
  • repay your loans under an income-driven repayment plan; and
  • make 120 qualifying payments.​
To apply or find more information about this program, you will need to visit the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website. It is recommended that you start with the Federal Student Aid’s PSLF Help Tool that provides individualized information about your eligibility for PSLF. For a comprehensive overview of this tool, watch the “PSLF Help Tool: Are you Eligible for Loan Forgiveness?” webinar​. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC)​ also has live and recorded webinars to learn more about PSLF.​

DePaul is unable to answer specific questions about your application or status. 

Employer Certification

If you are a current or former DePaul employee and need your full-time employment at DePaul certified for the PSLF program, fill out section 1 of the PSLF Employment Certification Form (ECF) and submit* your signed and dated form to the HR Central team in the Office of Human Resources by:

  • Email:
  • Fax: (312) 476-3231
  • Interoffice: Human Resources-HR Central, 14 E. Jackson
  • Mail: DePaul Human Resources, Attn: HR Central, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
  • In-person Drop Off: Office of Human Resources, 14 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60604

* When submitting your form, be sure to indicate how you would like the HR Central team to return the form to you (e.g., email, fax, interoffice to your DePaul work location, mail to your home, or leave copy for  you to pick up at the Office of Human Resources).

HR Central will complete the employer information and certification sections and will return it to you within 1-2 business days.