Follow these steps to complete the PSLF Employment Certification Form.
Step 1: Download the application. You can download the PSLF Application at the Federal Student Aid website, studentaid.gov.
Step 2: Provide current contact information. In Section 1, you’ll need to provide your Social Security Number, birthdate, mailing address, phone number, and email.
Step 3: Check the correct box and sign the application. Section 2 has three boxes that show why you’re completing the form. You can mark as many boxes as apply to your situation.
Check the first box to request an updated count of how much credit you’ve earned towards the required 120 qualifying payments.
Check the second box if you believe you’ve already made enough payments to qualify for forgiveness.
Check the final box if you want the student loan servicer to put your account into forbearance while processing your application. You won’t get credit for the required payments when you’re forbearance.
Step 4: Complete the employer information. Either you or your employer can complete Section 3 of the application. If you’ve worked for more than one qualifying employer since Oct. 2007, then you’ll need to submit separate applications for each job.
How can I check if I worked for a qualifying employer? You can use PSLF Help Tool to search the employer database using the employer’s identification number from your W2.
What if the company is no longer in business, or you have trouble finding someone to sign the form? Complete Section 3 and then go back to Section 2 and mark the box at the bottom of page 1. The Education Department will help you try to certify your employment. Read more about qualifying employers for PSLF.
Step 5: Submit the application to the loan servicer. Until this year, FedLoan Servicing held an exclusive contract with the U.S. Department of Education to service all loans enrolled in the public service program. The department hired MOHELA to replace FedLoan as the program’s administrator after the company announced it was ending its contract with the government at the end of 2022. If you haven’t confirmed your PSLF eligibility, send the certification form to MOHELA for processing.