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Loan Forgiveness and Discharge

Student loan debt may be forgiven or discharged in certain circumstances.

Specialized Careers

If you perform certain types of work, some of your qualifying loan debt may be forgiven. Learn more about programs for:

Death or Total and Permanent Disability

If you or the student for whom the funds were borrowed dies or becomes totally and permanently disabled, student loan debt may be eligible for forgiveness.

Income-Based Repayment

If you make qualifying payments under the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) Plan for 25 years, the remaining debt may be forgiven. Learn more about Income-Based Repayment at studentaid.gov.

False Certification, School Closure and Unpaid Refund

Under rare circumstances, qualifying federal loans may be forgiven if your school closed before you completed your program, if your school falsely certified your eligibility or if your identity was illegally used to obtain a loan in your name, or if your school did not issue a required refund when you withdrew from school.


Student loans are not automatically discharged by bankruptcy — the borrower must prove that repaying the loans would cause undue hardship to have them discharged by the bankruptcy court.

See If You Qualify

If you think you may qualify for loan forgiveness or discharge, or if you have questions, please contact us for assistance.

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Aspire Servicing Center provides customer service and resources for borrowers with federal student loans previously serviced by Iowa Student Loan and for borrowers with private student loans offered by Iowa Student Loan and a number of other lending institutions.

Aspire Resources Inc. provides service for borrowers with federal student loans under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) and supplemental private student loans offered by Iowa Student Loan and its lending partners.

Iowa Student Loan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the resources students and families need to succeed in postsecondary education. Iowa Student Loan provides scholarships, grant and loan forgiveness programs, and private student loans for those who have exhausted other sources of financial aid.

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