Student Loans Guidelines On Purchase And Refinance Mortgages

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This BLOG On Student Loans Guidelines On Purchase And Refinance Mortgages Was PUBLISHED On August 19th, 2019

Student Loans Guidelines
Gustan Cho Associates

Student Loans Guidelines On Purchase And Refinance Mortgages differs depending on the individual loan program.

  • Student Loan Debts is one of the major hurdles and barriers for home buyers
  • This holds especially true for professionals with advanced degrees like doctors, dentists, lawyers, and educators
  • On this blog, we will discuss basic Student Loans Guidelines on government and conventional loans

USDA Student Loans Guidelines are exactly those of FHA. VA Loans has its own Student Loans Guidelines. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Student Loans Guidelines allow IBR Payments On Student Loans.

In this article, we will cover and discuss Student Loans Guidelines On Purchase And Refinance Mortgages.

HUD Student Loans Guidelines On FHA Loans

What are the HUD Student Loans Guidelines On FHA Loans

HUD, the parent of FHA, does not allow Income-Based Repayment plans, commonly referred to as IBR, on FHA Loans. As mentioned earlier, USDA has the exact same student loans guidelines as FHA Loans. So the student loans guidelines below on FHA Home Loans apply to USDA Loans as well.

Student Loans Guidelines On FHA Loans are the following:

HUD does not accept deferred student loans on FHA Loans:

  • This holds true even though borrowers student loans are deferred for longer than 12 months

Fixed Student Loan Payments:

How Fixed Student Loan Payments:

Consumers with a permanently fixed student loan payment that has been fully amortized, this can be used as a monthly debt for DTI Calculations:

  • Lenders need to have proper documentation to verify that monthly payments are fixed and amortized
  • Both interest rates and the repayment term of the outstanding student loan needs to be fixed

Deferred And NON-FIXED Student Loan Payments

How Deferred And NON-FIXED Student Loan Payments

HUD does not allow non-fixed student loan payments:

Below are examples of non-fixed student loan payments:

  • Deferred student loans
  • Income-Based Repayment
  • Graduated student loans
  • Adjustable student loans
  • Other types of repayment agreements which are not fixed
  •  All the above non-fixed student loan payments cannot be used on USDA and FHA Loans

One percent of the loan balance reflected on the credit report must be used as the hypothetical monthly payment:

  • No additional documentation is required if the above 1.0% is used as borrowers hypothetical monthly payment

There are tricks of the trade we can discuss over the phone. We do have alternative hypothetical monthly payments other than the 1.0% rule. Please contact us at Gustan Cho Associates at Loan Cabin Inc. at 262-716-8151 or text us for faster response. Or email us at gcho@loancabin.com.

VA Student Loans Guidelines

what are the VA Student Loans Guidelines

VA Home Loans are the only loan program that permits deferred student loans that have been deferred longer than 12 months exempt from DTI Calculations.

  • Per VA Student Loans Guidelines, the mortgage can exclude deferred student loans which are deferred longer than 12 months from DTI of borrowers
  • VA does not allow Income-Based Repayment Plans

Here is how non-deferred student loans are calculated on VA Loans:

  • Take 5% of the outstanding student loan balance that is reporting on the consumer credit report
  • Divide by 12
  • The resulting figure will be the hypothetical monthly payment on VA Home Loans

If the payment amount reporting on the consumer credit report is less than the threshold payment above, the borrower needs to do the following:

  • Obtain a statement by the student loan provider
  • The statement needs to state the loan terms and payment for each student loan
  • The statement needs to be dated within 60 days of the closing of VA Home Loan
  • Lenders may do a credit supplement on this

IBR Payments On Student Loans Are Allowed On Conventional Loans

Why IBR Payments On Student Loans Are Allowed On Conventional Loans

Fannie Mae permits Income-Based Repayment on Conventional Loans.

  • It can also be a zero IBR Payment and Fannie Mae will allow it
  • If there is a monthly payment reflected on the consumer credit report, then that payment can be used as the actual monthly payment
  • If the IBR payment is not reporting on the consumer credit report, then borrower needs to get an IBR statement by the student loan provider
  • The lender may do a credit supplement of the IBR Payment so it reflects on borrower’s credit report

If the consumer credit report doesn’t provide a monthly figure or reflect zero, the lender needs to confirm the IBR Payment as follows:

  • If mortgage borrower is on an IBR Plan, the borrower needs to provide written statement by student loan provider stating the borrower has a zero IBR Payment
  • Mortgage Underwriters can qualify borrowers with zero IBR Payments with Fannie Mae
  • Freddie Mac does not allow zero IBR Payments
  • 1% of the outstanding student loan balance is used for deferred outstanding student loans OR
  • The borrower can contact student loan provider and get a fully amortized monthly payment on an extended-term
  • This needs to be in writing

Gustan Cho Associates at Loan Cabin Inc. are experts in working and qualifying borrowers with high outstanding student loans and high debt to income ratios. Please contact us with any questions at 262-716-8151 or text us for faster response. Or email us at gcho@loancabin.com. We are available 7 days a week, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

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