USDA no longer accepting income based for student loans…

QuestionsUSDA no longer accepting income based for student loans…
asked 3 years ago

Lender called me today with terrible news, USDA will not accept my income based payment and now requires a fixed payment. We received this today in underwriting, which puts by back-end at about 48%. I doubt it will get approved at that ratio. My mortgage middle is about 715, but I don’t know if they will bend that much. Another example of being punished for getting an education. Here is the statement my lender forwarded…

March 31, 2016

Student Loans and their Impact in the Total Debt Ratio
Recent updates to the 3555 Handbook intended to simplify guidance for the delivery of the guaranteed loan program have caused some misperception in regards to total debt ratio calculations, specifically in the subject of student loans. The Agency is working on revisions to Chapter 11: Ratio Analysis; however, we want to further clarify the subject at this time.

Total debt includes monthly housing expenses plus any other credit obligations incurred by the applicant. Student loan payments must be included in the calculation of the total debt-to-income ratio and captured under liabilities on the application. Student loan payments should be treated as described below:

Fixed payment loans: A fixed payment may be used in the debt ratio when the lender retains documentation to verify the payment is fixed, the interest rate is fixed, and the repayment term is fixed. There must be no future adjustments to the terms of the student loan payments.

Non-Fixed payment loans: Payments for deferred loans, Income Based Repayment (IBR), Graduated, Adjustable, and other types of repayment agreements which are not fixed cannot be used in the total debt ratio calculation. One percent of the loan balance reflected on the credit report must be used as the monthly payment. No additional documentation is required.

This clarification is effective immediately. Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to the National Office Division at (202) 720-1452.

Thank you for your support of the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program!

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