International Student Support

Loan Deferment

Students are normally eligible to defer repayment of current or previous Federal Loans whilst they are enrolled on at least a half-time basis.

It is a US Department of Education requirement that Queen's reports student enrolment status twice a year.  These reports are submitted in late October and late March via The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). NSLDS makes this information available to the US Department of Education, lenders, loan servicers and guarantee agencies.

If you are in receipt of Federal Loans for a degree programme at Queen's, you will be automatically included in this report until you complete your programme.  If you have never received Federal Loans at Queen's, but would like to defer loans borrowed at a previous school, please email the US Federal Loans Administrator at and we will include you in the report.  You should include your student number, degree programme and social security number.

Post Graduate Students

The submission of a thesis/dissertation is regarded as the last day in school- this ensures that there is a fair repayment deferral period after study for all students. Masters or PhD students who are writing up and registered with Thesis-only status are only eligible for loan deferment if they remain resident in Northern Ireland and remain compliant with their UK visa conditions.


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