Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

About the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program 

If you’re employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you might be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans:


Qualifying for PSLF

To qualify for PSLF, you must:


How to Apply for the PSLF Program

To be considered for PSLF, you need only to submit a PSLF form. The easiest way to do this is by using the PSLF Help Tool. The PSLF Help Tool allows you to:

  1. Check to see if your employer is already in our employer database.
  2. Request that your employer’s eligibility be reviewed if it is not already in our database or has not yet had its eligibility determined.
  3. Prepare and sign your PSLF form, and request certification and signature from your employer—all electronically.
  4. Generate your PSLF form for manual signature and submission to the PSLF servicer (if electronic submission isn’t possible).

Tip: Certify your employment every year and any time you change employers. This lets you confirm you’re on track toward forgiveness.


How to Submit the PSLF Form

You can submit the PSLF form digitally through the PSLF Help Tool or manually, using a paper form:

Digital Signatures with the PSLF Help Tool

You can use the PSLF Help Tool to:

  • Complete your PSLF form;
  • Send your form to your employers for their digital signature (certifying your employment); and
  • Electronically submit your form to the PSLF servicer for processing.

To use the PSLF Help Tool, you’ll need to:

  1. Log in with your account username and password (FSA ID);
  2. Sign digitally in the PSLF Help Tool;
  3. Request your employer’s signature in the PSLF Help Tool (use as your employer’s email address);
  4. Tell your employer to expect an email from DocuSign ( on behalf of the Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid; and
  5. Once you and your employer digitally sign it, your form will be electronically submitted to the PSLF servicer for processing.


Manual PSLF Form

You can also print out a pre-filled PSLF form generated by the PSLF Help Tool:

  1. Choose the manual signature option while you are in the tool;
  2. On the next page, select the View in My Activity button;
  3. From the My Activity page, download your form;
  4. Print it your form;
  5. Sign your form; and
  6. Have your employer(s) sign your form:
    1. Submit your signed form to, along with a signed OHRM Employee Information Authorization Form (all requests pertaining to the access and/or release of personnel information and/or records must be accompanied by a signed authorization form, even when initiated by the employees themselves).
  7. Submit your form to MOHELA, the PSLF servicer using one of the methods noted below:
    1. Physical Mail – Once the form is complete and signed by your employer, send it to MOHELA via mail:
      U.S. Department of Education
      633 Spirit Drive
      Chesterfield, MO 63005-1243
    2. Fax – 866-222-7060
    3. Upload – If MOHELA is already your servicer, you may upload your PSLF form on their website: You may contact MOHELA by phone with any questions at 1-855-265-4038


If you prefer not to use the PSLF Help Tool, you can download and print a blank PDF of the form, complete all sections, sign it, and have your employer(s) sign it.

Note: completing your PSLF form in this manner may add additional time to the processing of your form. Manually submitted forms require acceptable signatures from both you and your employer.


Questions About PSLF

For any questions regarding the PSLF Program, please contact the OHRM HR Service Team via email:

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