DEFERRED STUDENT LOANS AND DEBT RATIO CALCULATIONS for Kentucky Rural Housing Loans and USDA Loans in KY
RHS Student Loan DTIs
Due to the variable nature of some student loan plans, RHS is standardizing the process of including them in the debt ratio. All student loans will now require documentation verifying the current payment due.
For student loans which are Conventional, Fixed Payment, and/or Deferred:
- Account statements will be reviewed and fixed monthly payment will be used with no adjustments.
- Deferred student loans not in repayment will use an estimated payment of 1% of the loan balance unless a documented fixed payment from the loan servicer can be provided.
For student loans with Income Based Repayment plans:
- If the current payment is greater than $100, that payment can be used.
- If the current payment is less than $100 and total loan balance is greater than $10,000, a minimum $100 payment must be included in the debt ratio.
- If the current payment is less than $100 and total loan balance is less than $10,000, then the current payment may be used
Please note that documentation of an Income Based Repayment agreement must be provided. Payments of $0 are not eligible to be used in the debt ratio. Verifications are only valid for 120 days, 180 days for new constructions
DEFERRED STUDENT LOANS AND DEBT RATIO CALCULATIONS
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For the USDA Rural Development Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program, deferred student loans should be included in the debt ratio calculations for Guaranteed Loans regardless of the deferment period.
Rural Development RD Instruction 1980-D, section 1980.345(c)(1) states:
“Long term obligations include those obligations . . . with a remaining repayment period of more than 6 months and other shorter term debts that are considered to have a significant impact on repayment ability.”
Deferred student loans are long term obligations with remaining repayment periods of more than 6 months, and they must be included as part of the
applicant‟s recurring monthly debt obligations. If the credit report does not reflect a monthly payment due at the end of the deferment period, the lender may request a copy of the applicant‟s payment letter, or utilize the industry standard of estimating student loan payments as 1% of the loan balance. Therefore a deferred student loan balance of $12,000 should have a corresponding monthly payment of $120 if no estimated payment is verified by the lender.
This guidance applies to all manually
DEFERRED STUDENT LOANS AND DEBT RATIO CALCULATIONS Kentucky Rural Housing Loans and USDA Loans in KY