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Educational Materials and Resources - Student Loan Ombudsman - Financial Regulation

(Last reviewed or updated: February 14, 2023)

Educational Curriculum

The Maryland Student Loan Ombudsman’s Educational Curriculum is designed for those who are seeking, already have, or are responsible for repaying, federal and private student loans. The curriculum:

  • Familiarizes borrowers with their rights and obligations;
  • Explains how to apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process;
  • Explains the repayment options and various potential payment programs;
  • Explains potential loan forgiveness options and how to make use of those options; and
  • Explains and defines important loan-related financial terms.

The educational curriculum is available as a downloadable guide and video modules:
Student Loan Ombudsman’s Educational Curriculum (PDF)


Introduction to the Educational Curriculum

About the Maryland Student Loan Ombudsman; purpose of this educational curriculum
Transcript – Introduction Video
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MODULE 1: Application Process and Documentation Requirements

How to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); FAFSA documentation requirements; expected family contribution; Maryland scholarships and grants; private loans; additional resources
Transcript – Module 1
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MODULE 2: Monthly Payment Obligations

Definition of student loan servicer; starting your student loan repayment; keeping track of your loans; loan consolidation; subsidized and unsubsidized loans; payment deferment and forbearance; student loan default; additional resources
Transcript – Module 2
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MODULE 3: Repayment Options for Student Loans

Repayment options for federal student loans; traditional plans and income-driven plans; summaries of each type of federal repayment plan; additional resourc
Transcript – Module 3
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MODULE 4: Student Loan Forgiveness Programs

Public Service Loan Forgiveness; Teacher Loan Forgiveness; various state-level student loan repayment assistance programs
Transcript – Module 4
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MODULE 5: Student Loan Disclosure Requirements

Federal student loan exit counseling; student loan borrower responsibilities; student loan borrower rights; additional resources
Transcript – Module 5
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Maryland Student Loan Borrower’s Bill of Rights

The Maryland Student Loan Borrower’s Bill of Rights (PDF) applies to Maryland residents who are repaying student loans. The Bill of Rights describes the protections to which borrowers are entitled and the obligations of the companies that collect and process borrower payments, named “student loan servicers”. Learn more here.

Federal Resources:

Maryland Resources for Financing a College Education: