How do FHA Mortgage Lenders determine the monthly payment on a student loan?

How do FHA Mortgage Lenders determine the monthly payment on a student loan?

Regardless of the payment status, the FHA Mortgage Lenders must use either:

  • The greater of:
    • 1 percent of the outstanding balance on the loan; or
    • the monthly payment reported on the Borrower’s credit report;

                    or

  • The actual documented payment, provided the payment will fully amortize the loan over its term. 

The FHA Mortgage Lenders must include all Student Loans in the Borrower’s liabilities, regardless of the payment type or status of payments.
Student Loan refers to liabilities incurred for educational purposes.
 
If the payment used for the monthly obligation is:

  • less than 1 percent of the outstanding balance reported on the Borrower’s credit report, and
  • less than the monthly payment reported on the Borrower’s credit report;

the FHA Mortgage Lenders must obtain written documentation of the actual monthly payment, the payment status, and evidence of the outstanding balance and terms from the creditor.
 

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