What Is a 10-Day Payoff? Everything You Should Know

By Jennifer Calonia · April 24, 2024 · 7 minute read

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What Is a 10-Day Payoff? Everything You Should Know

When paying back your student loans, certain repayment strategies require a 10-day payoff letter. This is a document or statement that you can obtain through your original lender. It has the final loan amount needed to fully pay off your loan at a given time, and how to make the final payment and close the account.

Your 10-day payoff amount is typically more than just your current loan balance. For this reason, getting a 10-day loan payoff statement is the best way to find out how much you need to pay to fully satisfy the loan, including all accrued interest.

You typically need a 10-day payoff statement if you want to pay off your loan early or refinance your student loans. Here’s how to get it, what it contains, and other times when it might be required.

What Is a 10-Day Payoff for Student Loans?

Even if you understand the basics of student loans, you might not be clear on what a 10-day payoff letter is and why you would ever need one.

Used with many types of loans, a 10-day payoff statement tells you the amount you owe toward your loan in order for the loan to be closed and marked as “paid in full.”

A payoff statement is not the same thing at your current loan balance. Since interest is still charged on the loan in the days leading up to the actual payoff date, your lender will add 10 days’ worth of interest to your final payoff amount. Lenders can also calculate other time frames, like a 15- or 30-day payoff amount, if needed.

Depending on whether you have federal or private loans, your 10-day payoff letter might look visually different. Generally, it will contain your full name, student loan account number(s), outstanding balance, accrued interest, any fees, total payoff amount, a “good-through” or “good-until” date, and instructions on how to pay off your current loan.

The final payoff amount that’s listed includes interest for a 10-day period, and it might also include any unpaid fees. If your loan isn’t paid off in full by the “good-through date,” you’ll need to request another 10-day payoff from your current lender for the most accurate amount.

If after weighing the pros and cons of refinancing, you determine that a refinance will be to your advantage, you’ll likely need to get a 10-day payoff letter from your current lender or loan servicer.

💡 Quick Tip: Often, the main goal of refinancing is to lower the interest rate on your student loans — federal and/or private — by taking out one loan with a new rate to replace your existing loans. Refinancing makes sense if you qualify for a lower rate and you don’t plan to use federal repayment programs or protections.

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When You Need a 10-Day Payoff Letter

Here’s a look at three reasons why you might need a loan payoff letter.

•   You’re paying off your loans: If you’re able to put a chunk of money toward student loans to close out your debt ahead of schedule, you’ll need a 10-day payoff letter to get your true final amount due. That way, you’ll be able to make a final payment that fully satisfies the loan.

•   You’re refinancing your student loans: If you opt for a student loan refinance, your refinance lender will likely require a 10-day payoff letter. This informs them of how much they need to send to your current lender, and by what date, to satisfy the debt.

•   You’re buying a home: Mortgage lenders might ask to see your 10-day loan payoff amount to accurately determine your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. Your DTI informs lenders about whether you can realistically afford taking on a home loan.

How to Request a 10-Day Payoff Letter

Despite having access to your loan details through a monthly statement or your servicer’s website, your actual 10-day payoff amount is likely different from the current amount shown on your account.

Fortunately, accessing this information is relatively easy, whether you have federal or private student loans.

For Federal Student Loans

As a federal student loan borrower, your federal student loan account was assigned to one of five federal loan servicers. To find your servicer, simply log in to your StudentAid.gov account, and go to “My Loan Servicers” from your dashboard.

Once you know who your servicer is, you can contact them to request a 10-day payoff letter.


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Aidvantage 1(800) 722-1300
Edfinancial 1(855) 337-6884
ECSI 1(866) 313-3797
MOHELA 1(888) 866-4352
Nelnet 1(888) 486-4722

For Private Student Loans

To get a 10-day payoff letter for a private student loan, you’ll want to contact your current lender. Keep in mind that your private loan might have been sold to a new lender since you first accepted it.

If you’re unsure about who your lender is, you can request a copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com . Your credit report will list all of your past and present debt accounts, including private student loans, and the entity that owns the loan.

After identifying your lender, you can contact their borrower support phone number to get a 10-day payoff statement.

What Is the Loan Refi Timeline After a 10-day Payoff?

The way student loan refinancing works is that you take out a new loan (ideally with a lower rate and/or better terms) and use it to pay off your current student loan(s). This doesn’t happen right away, however. There is generally a 10 day pay-off process.

To make sure your new lender fully pays off your old loan (and you won’t need to make any further payments on that loan), you’ll need a 10-day payoff letter. Once you’ve obtained your 10-day payoff amount and provided the information to your new lender, you’ll want to be sure to sign your loan agreement on the same day.

Once you sign the agreement, here’s a general idea of what the 10-day refi timeline may look like:

•   Days 1 to 3: A three-day cooling-off period is required by law. During this time, your new lender cannot send your payoff check. This is just in case you change your mind about the refinance loan and exercise your right to cancel.

•   Day 4: The refinancing lender will send a payoff amount in one lump sum, either as a mailed check or electronically, to your current lender or servicer. Typically, you’ll receive a welcome packet from your new lender soon after that.

•   Day 10: Upon receiving the payoff amount in full, your current lender will mark the loan as “paid” and close it.

Your first payment on the new loan will likely be due 30 to 45 days after the date your refinance lender sent the payoff amount to your current lender.

💡 Quick Tip: Refinancing could be a great choice for working graduates who have higher-interest graduate PLUS loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and/or private loans.

The Takeaway

A 10-day payoff letter tells exactly how much money you would need to pay immediately to fully satisfy your student loan debt. Refinance lenders usually require a payoff letter so they can fulfill the right payment amount on your behalf — no more, and no less, than your original lender requires to fully pay off your debt.

Knowing this final amount is also useful if you want to pay off your student loans ahead of schedule. You may also be required to submit a 10-day student loan payoff lender when you’re applying for a mortgage.

Looking to lower your monthly student loan payment? Refinancing may be one way to do it — by extending your loan term, getting a lower interest rate than what you currently have, or both. (Please note that refinancing federal loans makes them ineligible for federal forgiveness and protections. Also, lengthening your loan term may mean paying more in interest over the life of the loan.) SoFi student loan refinancing offers flexible terms that fit your budget.

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How do I get a 10-day payoff quote?

Depending on your lender, you may be able to request a 10-day payoff letter by signing into your account online. If not, you will need to call or email your current lender or loan servicer and request a 10-day payoff statement.

Why is my payoff quote so high?

Your 10-day student loan payoff amount is typically higher than your current principal balance due to added interest. Because interest is still charged on the loan in the days leading up to the actual pay-off date, your lender will include 10 days’ worth of interest to your final payoff amount.

What is on a 10-day loan payoff?

A 10-day loan payoff letter or statement will typically include:

•   Student loan account number(s)

•   Outstanding balance

•   Accrued interest

•   Any fees

•   Total payoff amount

•   A “good-through” date

•   Instructions on how to pay off your current loan

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If you are a federal student loan borrower, you should consider all of your repayment opportunities including the opportunity to refinance your student loan debt at a lower APR or to extend your term to achieve a lower monthly payment. Please note that once you refinance federal student loans you will no longer be eligible for current or future flexible payment options available to federal loan borrowers, including but not limited to income-based repayment plans or extended repayment plans.

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