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(Direct Loans) Subject: 2009 HHS Poverty Guidelines and Income Percentage Factors

Posted Date:May 22, 2009

Author: William Leith, Service Director, Program Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: 2009 HHS Poverty Guidelines and Income Percentage Factors

Attached are the 2009 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Poverty Guidelines and the 2009 Income Percentage Factors. The HHS Poverty Guidelines and the Income Percentage Factors are used to calculate a borrower's payment amount under the Income Contingent Repayment Plan. For this purpose, the 2009 HHS Poverty Guidelines and Income Percentage Factors will become effective on July 1, 2009.

The HHS Poverty Guidelines are also used in determining a borrower’s eligibility for the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) Plan that will be available effective July 1, 2009 and the required payment amount under the IBR Plan, and in some cases when determining a borrower's eligibility for an Economic Hardship Deferment. For deferment purposes, the 2009 HHS Poverty Guidelines are effective immediately.

Last Modified: 05/21/2009