American Education Services, or AES, is the only company that services Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL) loans by collecting and tracking payments. It operates under the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency. The federal government stopped issuing FFEL loans as of June 30, 2010, so AES handles only existing loans. If American Education Services is your student loan servicer, here’s what it can help you do.
- Register for online access to your account. Once you have access you can contact American Education Services, access your monthly billing statements and pay bills.
- Enroll in autopay. American Education Services can deduct your payments automatically from your bank account. Signing up for autopay will reduce your interest rate by 0.25%.
- Sign up for income-driven repayment. If you qualify, you can request income-based repayment, which limits your student loan payments to a percentage of your income. FFEL borrowers are eligible only for income-based repayment, which caps payment at a higher percentage of your income compared with other income-driven options like Revised Pay As You Earn. (You can apply online on studentaid.gov and then recertify your income each year online as well.)
- Process deferment and forbearance requests. American Education Services can help you temporarily stop making payments or reduce your payment amount if you qualify. This helps you stay in good standing to avoid default. But during any periods of deferment or forbearance, interest can continue to build.
- Process consolidation requests. American Education Services can help you consolidate your FFEL loans into direct loans with the federal government. You’ll get a new servicer when you consolidate. Once you consolidate you can qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness and additional income-driven repayment plans.
- Process monthly payments and extra payments. American Education Services will track and collect your payments. If you want to make additional payments, you can instruct American Education Services (online, by phone or by mail) to apply extra payments to your current balance. Otherwise, it may apply the additional amount to next month’s payment instead.
Your loan servicer is assigned by the U.S. Department of Education when your loan is disbursed to your college for the first time. The name of the company sending you a federal loan bill every month is your servicer. If your loan payments haven’t begun or you’re not sure which company is your servicer, log in to My Federal Student Aid to find out.
Servicers are there to help you, but they may offer choices that are best for the company, not the borrower. That means they can’t change how payments are processed and may not suggest the most beneficial repayment option for you. It’s most important to know your repayment options so you can know the right questions to ask.
Am I stuck with American Education Services until my loans are paid off?
Loans are sometimes transferred from one servicer to another by the Department of Education.
You’ll be notified if this happens, and you’ll manage payments with the new servicer. All servicers deliver the same options and programs, but customer service may differ from one to another.
Otherwise, you are likely to remain with American Education Services unless you act to switch servicers. Use this tool to find out what might work for you.
How to reach American Education Services customer service
American Education Services Phone number: 1-800-233-0557
American Education Services hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. ET
American Education Services address for loan payments (except payoffs):
American Education Services (AES)
P.O. Box 65093
Baltimore, MD 21264-5093
American Education Services address for payoffs:
AES – Paid in Full
P.O. Box 2251
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2251
American Education Services address for loan consolidation:
AES Loan Consolidation
P.O. Box 8139
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8139
American Education Services address for general correspondence:
American Education Services
P.O. Box 2461
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2461
American Education Services website: www.aessuccess.org
American Education Services email: Log in to your AES account
How to complain about American Education Services
If you’re having difficulty with American Education Services that you have been unable to resolve, start by filing a complaint with its Office of Consumer Advocacy:
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
The Office of Consumer Advocacy
1200 North 7th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
If your issue goes unresolved, you can also make complaints about American Education Services to:
- Federal Student Aid Feedback System.
- Your state attorney general’s office.
- Your state consumer protection office.
- Your congressional representative.
Make sure to keep records of conversations you have, including the day, time and customer service representative you spoke with. Keep copies of any letters, bills or emails about your account.
How to settle a dispute with American Education Services
If a complaint doesn’t help, you can contact the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group. This method should be used only as a last resort, says the federal student aid office. Complete all information on the Ombudsman Information Checklist before contacting. When you’re ready to do so, here’s how:
By mail: U.S. Department of Education
FSA Ombudsman Group
P.O. Box 1843
Monticello, KY 42633
You can also reach out to a student loans nonprofit such as The Institute of Student Loan Advisors, which provides free dispute resolution.
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