What You'll Need
In addition to the request form (you can use the same one if you are an undergraduate student or graduate student), you will need proof of at least half-time enrollment.
Different schools have different definitions for "half-time" and "full-time" enrollment, and time limits apply to your leave of absence (maximum 180 days in a 12-month period). If you're not sure about your status, check with your registrar's office. If your first loan was taken out before July 1, 1993, you have to be enrolled full time.
Students Taking A Leave Of Absence
If you do not return at the end of your approved leave of 180 days or less, your status as a student, as well as the status of your deferment, may be affected. You may be considered withdrawn from school, and the first day of your leave will count as the first day of your grace period—even if you received deferment during the leave.
Summer Bridge Deferment
If you complete a degree in the spring and have already used your grace period but will continue at least half-time enrollment in the fall, you may complete this form to apply for a summer bridge deferment. This deferment ensures that you do not enter repayment between the spring and fall terms since your grace period has already been used.
If you have Parent PLUS loans and are also enrolled in college or graduate school yourself, you can use this form to get a deferment for the 6 months after you drop below half-time enrollment. If you are a Parent PLUS loan borrower who is not in school but wants a deferment for your Parent PLUS loans while your child is in school at least half time, use the Parent PLUS deferment form instead.
How To Apply
Send the form to your servicer (the company that sends you the bills).