UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
A Federal Perkins Loan is a low-interest (5 percent) loan for undergraduate students with financial need. UWRF is the lender. The loan is made with government funds with a share contributed by UWRF. The borrower must repay this loan to UWRF. The principal and interest that is repaid is deposited back into the loan fund to lend out again to current and future students.
The first time a Federal Perkins loan is awarded and then accepted by the student, a Master Promissory Note (MPN) is created for the student to sign. Please allow 24 to 36 hours after accepting the award for UWRF to have the promissory note prepared for signing. Usually the student needs to sign the legal document only once while attending UWRF. UWRF now uses an electronic MPN which requires an electronic signature. (See Process my Perkins Loan link)
UWRF has contracted with Heartland Educational Computer Systems Incorporated (Heartland ECSI ) to service their Federal Perkins loan program, creating and maintaining the promissory note through the billing processes. Heartland ECSI has been in the business of servicing student loans for over 30 years. With Heartland ECSI, you may access your account at any time over the Internet at http//:www.ecsi.net . Also Heartland ECSI has Customer Service Representatives available Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. Questions about the Perkins loans may be directed to Heartland ECSI .
Heartland Educational Computer Systems, Incorporated
P.O. Box 718
Wexford, PA 15090
If Heartland ECSI is unable to answer your questions, you may contact the school at:
215 North Hall
River Falls, WI 54022
The following information is a summary from a Master Promissory Note. It is the legal document governing the relation of UWRF and the borrower.
The Borrower (student) has the responsibility to notify Heartland ECSI when they stop attending the University as at least a half-time student. They should also update their addresses and telephone numbers in eSIS (Falcon Account) . The borrower should also provide the same information to Heartland ECSI. Until the borrower changes any of the information with Heartland ECSI, they will use the original information as provided with the Master Promissory Note .
Exit interviews inform the borrower of their Rights and Responsibilities regarding their Perkins loan. This is a separate and different exit procedure than the Stafford loans. Once a student's attendance at UWRF falls below at least a half-time status, they should contact Heartland ECSI to set up an Exit Interview. Heartland ECSI will provide information as to where to go on-line for the interview (through www.ecsi.net). Until the borrower completes their interview, a hold will be on their records. Once the interview is completed, the hold on your record shall be removed within a week.
There is a ten year repayment period. For loans totaling less than $3700, the minimal monthly payment will be $40. For larger loans, the monthly payment will be set at the amount needed to pay the account within the ten year time limit. The borrower may pay the account in full at any time without penalty.
The repayment period begins ten months from the date the borrower ceases to be at least a half-time student. The initial grace period is nine months during which no principal or interest accrues and no payment is due. Interest begins to accrue at the end of the nine month grace period. The interest rate is locked at five percent (5%).
Payments should be sent to ECSI and may be made through the mail, over the Internet, or over the telephone. Remittances should be payable to UWRF c/o ECSI.
UWRF c/o Heartland ECSI
P.O. Box 718
Wexford, PA 15090
The borrower logs into their account and follows the instructions.
Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday, from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM (Central Time).
Payments are due the first of each month. If payment or reason for not making payment (deferment or cancellation requests) are not submitted by the first of the month, the account would be subject to a late charge. Filing deferment/cancellation requests and paying in a timely manner are the borrower's responsibilities.
The borrower may accelerate repayment of the loan (pay loan off early) without penalty. By paying the account down, less interest is charged. So if the borrower sends an early or extra payment they should indicate whether it is to be applied as a regular scheduled payment or to be applied as an accelerated payment. Payments received without any notation are treated as an accelerated payment.
At any time, the University has the option of accelerating the note, which is to declare the entire amount of the loan due immediately. However it usually is only done when the borrower does not make payments or file proper deferment requests. Accelerated loans are ineligible for deferments provisions and cancellation benefits.
If satisfactory payments are not being made and additional collection effort is taken, the cost of that effort will be added to the borrower's account.
Information about the Federal Perkins loan is reported to a National Credit Bureau on a monthly basis.
Federal Perkins loan information is also reported to the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) monthly. NSLDS is a database of all Federal Student Loans. Borrowers may check on their Federal loans by accessing the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDA) and using their FAFSA PIN.
Deferment Request forms need to be completed by the borrower and then certified by an authorized official before being sent to Heartland ECSI for processing. They are available through the Heartland ECSI's web site at: (http://www.ecsi.net/bwr/forms/index.html )
No interest accrues and no payment is due during a period of valid deferment - unless there was an amount that came due prior to the deferment period.
There is no time limit on the following deferments:
There is a maximum of three (3) years for the following deferments:
• Military service when the borrower is on active duty during a war or other military operation, or national emergency, or performing qualifying National Guard duty.
• Seeking but unable to find full time employment.
• To avoid economic hardship as determined by UWRF Perkins Receivable Office.*
*EXCEPTION : A borrower is ineligible for these deferments when serving a medical internship or residency.
Cancellation Request forms need to be completed by the borrower and then certified by an authorized official before being sent to Heatland ECSI for processing. They are available through the Heartland ECSI's web site at: (http://www.ecsi.net/bwr/forms/index.html )
Cancellation benefits are available to Perkins Loan borrowers who work full-time in an eligible position for a full year (or equivalent). Unless identified otherwise, the cancellation rates are:
For teachers, the borrower must be employed full-time at a public or a non-profit school (or an approved program) and also able to apply at least one of the following criteria:
For professionals from Early Intervention Services who work with preschool children.
Cancellations for a full-time law enforcement officer - or - a full-time corrections officer for a local, State or Federal agency.
Cancellations due to being a full-time nurse or medical technician providing primary health care service.
Full-time employee of a child or family agency that is providing or supervising the provision of services to high risk children and their families from low income communities.
Your are entitled to have up to 70% of the Perkins loan cancelled if you are a volunteer for either the Peace Corps or and organization created under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973. This provision uses the same cancellation rate schedule, however only for the first four years.
For each year of full-time active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States serving in an area of defined hostilities (Section 310 of Title 37 of the United States Code), you may cancel up to 50% of your loan at the rate of 12.5% per year.
If the borrower dies or becomes permanently and totally disabled, the entire amount of this loan plus the interest will be cancelled.