While some experts say that you can’t put a price on a good education, many of today’s graduates are stuck paying off student loans while trying to save for a house, pay their bills and start a family. If you are an existing user you will learn how to log into Navien to pay your student loan on the Navient Payment Login portal.
Alert! Your Department of Education (ED) owned loans are now being serviced by Aidvantage. You’ll soon receive a welcome letter (if you haven’t already) as confirmation. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know.
Here’s What Happened to Navient and What You Need To Know About Aidvantage
Student loan company Navient on Thursday reached a $1.86 billion settlement deal to cancel $1.7 billion in private student loans for some 66,000 borrowers. Accused of predatory student loan practices, Navient agreed to pay $95 million to borrowers who were saddled with long-term forbearance plans that forced them to pay more than they should have.
Navient, the biggest name in student loans, went out of the student loan business in September last year, transferring its caseload of 5.6 million student loans to Maximus, a global administrator of government programs. Maximus is a federal student loan servicer and manages Navient’s former student loans under the name Aidvantage.
Though Navient itself is not a lender, it managed the repayment process for student loans on behalf of the government up until former President Donald Trump paused student debt payments in March 2020 in response to COVID-19. That measure has been extended multiple times by President Joe Biden, including most recently on Dec. 22. Student debt obligations remain on hold until May 1, 2022, in large part due to the surge of the omicron variant.
With the repayment moratorium extended and public service student loan forgiveness expansions, there’s a lot to keep track of. If you’re one of the millions of borrowers who had a Navient-serviced loan, here’s what you need to know.
Reasons Why Navient withdrew From The Student Loan Business
If you have student loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), you now have a new loan servicer: Aidvantage. Navient was long under fire from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which sued the loan servicer in 2017 claiming that the company had pushed borrowers into costly, subprime, private loans they would be unable to repay. Navient reached a 1.86 million settlement on Jan. 13.
In 2020, the US Department of Education announced changes to loan servicing in an effort to modernize the federal student loan system. As part of the Next Gen Initiative, the Department of Education extended its partnership with five of the 10 current loan servicers, which would continue servicing federal student loans, but under stricter government regulations. Navient, along with FedLoan and Granite State, opted to end their participation in federal student loan servicing at the end of 2021.
Michael Lux, a student loan expert, and attorney and founder of The Student Loan Sherpa, said that the “increase in federal regulation and government scrutiny over federal loan servicing is almost certainly to blame for Navient’s departure.”
What Does Navient’s Withdrawal Mean for Borrowers
If your loans were serviced by Navient, here’s what you need to know:
1. Aidvantage is your new loan servicer
By now, you should have been notified of this change by mail or email from Navient, Aidvantage and the Department of Education. If you have not received notification, you should log into your existing Navient account and double-check your contact information to make sure it’s correct. Even if your address was outdated, you should be able to log into your new account.
2. You can log into your Aidvantage account with your Navient credentials
If you try to log into Navient, you’ll find a $0 balance — this balance is simply showing that your loans have been purchased by Aidvantage. To log into your new account, visit www.aidvantage.com and enter your Navient login information.
The process is nearly identical to Navient’s. Once you enter your login and password, you’ll be prompted to enter your Social Security number or account number and date of birth to confirm your identity. From there, you’ll be taken to the Aidvantage account home page, which looks and feels just like the Navient landing page — right down to the left-hand navigation options.
If you can’t remember your login information, select “forgot user ID” or “forgot password” and confirm a personal identification question to have a new one emailed to you. If you still can’t get in or no longer have access to the email on file, reach out to Aidvantage for assistance at 800-722-1300.
3. Your repayment preferences should be the same
Any payment terms you set up with Navient — autopay, deferment, income-driven repayment plans, etc. — should have transferred seamlessly to Aidvantage. Of course, since federal student loan payments have been paused for over 20 months, you may need to review the payment details, particularly with the end of forbearance approaching. And, if your job situation has changed since you last reviewed your loan repayment options, you may want to apply for income-driven repayment or other repayment options through Aidvantage now, so you’re ready to go when repayment begins in May 2022.
So after logging into Aidvantage, you should find that your preferred payment method and autopay selection transferred over, along with payment history and record of loans paid in full.
4. You may experience some hiccups or delays during the transition
Be sure to login before the federal moratorium on student loan payments expires on May 1, 2022, to review your contact information and double-check your transferred loan amounts.
If you do notice any issues, you should reach out to Aidvantage. You can use the website’s AI support service, CORA, or Customer Online Resource Assistant, or reach out directly by phone at 800-722-1300. Be sure to have your account information handy. You can also find contact numbers for your specific loan type on Aidvantage’s contact page.
Bear in mind, the transition may slow things down. Customer support response times might be delayed as account information is transferred, particularly if your account is in forbearance. “It will be interesting to see how the new servicers will handle the transition and training of new borrower support calls,” said Fred Amrein, CEO and founder of PayForED. “Borrowers should anticipate a longer response time.”
5. Prepare for repayment in 2022
If you haven’t been paying your loans during the forbearance period, be sure to review your payment options now, so you’re ready to go in May. Double-check your payment method, make sure you know your minimum monthly payment and explore repayment options if you need additional assistance. If you want to explore further deferment or forbearance options, you can do this through your account online under “repayment options.” You can also speak to Aidvantage directly at 800-722-1300.
- MOHELA Login
- Edfinancial Login
- Fedloan Servicing Login
- Firstmark Services Login
- Great Lakes Borrower Login
Frequently Asked Questions for Borrowers
1: When will my loans be reassigned to Aidvantage? Aidvantage will begin servicing your ED-owned loans this December. In the meantime, you’ll receive additional communications to keep you updated along the way. When it’s official, Aidvantage will send you a welcome letter with your loan details.
2: What will change when my loans are reassigned to Aidvantage? Good news – not much is changing. Here’s a quick snapshot of what to expect.
Stays the same
- Your loan terms, interest rate, and benefits
- Account number
- The number you call to ask questions
- Addresses to mail payments and send correspondence
- Your user ID and password
- The website you use to log in
- Who you work with to manage your account and make payments
3: Why are my loans being reassigned? Servicing transfers are a normal business practice that happen from time to time. Aidvantage is replacing Navient as the servicer of your ED-owned loans. Please note: Aidvantage is not purchasing or merging with Navient.
4: I’m currently enrolled in Auto Pay with Navient. Will I need to re-enroll with Aidvantage? Your Auto Pay enrollment will automatically switch to Aidvantage, but confirmation may be required if your payments are suspended due to the coronavirus emergency.
Auto Pay will not occur during the COVID-19 payment suspension (unless you’ve opted out). For your Auto Pay to resume after the payment suspension ends, you must confirm your enrollment if you signed up for Auto Pay prior to March 13, 2020 – when these emergency relief measures became available. You can confirm enrollment online with Aidvantage at Aidvantage.com or by phone 800-722-1300.
5: Will my repayment plan options and borrower benefits continue? Yes, any repayment plan options available to you and borrower benefits provided in your promissory note will continue at Aidvantage.
6: How will I know when my loans have been reassigned to Aidvantage? Once it’s official, Aidvantage will send you a welcome letter so you’ll know your loans are with Aidvantage and you can access your online account at Aidvantage.com, begin sending payments to Aidvantage, and contact Aidvantage with any questions about your loans.
7: Where do I send my payments? Continue to use the same address you use today to send payments. Once it’s official, you’ll just need to update who it’s addressed to on your check – Aidvantage.
8: Who do I contact with questions? For any inquires about this transition or other loan needs, please continue to contact Navient until Aidvantage officially becomes your servicer.
9: When can I access my online Aidvantage account? Please wait to access your online account until your loans are officially with Aidvantage (after you receive a welcome letter confirming your loan details). At that point, you’ll be able to use the same user ID and password that you use today – you’ll just be logging in to a different site.