Information for Graduates and Transfers to Other Medical Schools
Account Numbers: Account numbers include codes for type of contract, length of service, and the borrower's social security number. See the chart displayed in the section labeled Versions.
Forbearance Process: Borrowers eligible for forbearance, i.e., transfers to other medical schools and medical residents or fellows, log into the Peoplesoft online system , print the Forbearance Form, complete the form accurately, and send it to ECSI 81 Montour Run Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108-9408, the company that maintains account records, provides bills, posts payments and deferments, and reports statuses of accounts to national credit bureaus.
Monetary Payment: Five and one half months after ceasing forbearance, borrowers who do not qualify for service payback contact UAS to request that accrued interest be Capitalized, i.e., added to the principal (so that it is not all due in the first payment) and pay bills as they come due. Borrowers wishing to make automatic electronic payments need to contact ECSI. Delinquent accounts will be sent to collection, and delinquent borrower's academic records will not be released until account is current.
Postponement Form: At the beginning of each year (period of 12 months) of qualified service payback (list of qualified services), borrowers log into the Peoplesoft online system and print the Postponement Form, complete it accurately, have it signed, and send it, along with a copy of their job description, to the Student Loan Manager at UMMS. After the Learning Contract Advisory Group approves the employment for service payback, the Loan Manager notifies UAS to put the account in Postponement (suspended billing) status. Job descriptions for the Learning Contract must include the following information on letterhead from employer: dates of service, number of hours worked per week, description of employment, and signature and title of authorized individual (human resources, business manager, supervisor or program director).
Cancellation of Learning Contract: After a graduate completes their service they will log into the Peoplesoft online system and print a Cancellation form, complete it accurately, have it signed, and send it, to the Student Loan Manager at UMMS. After the Learning Contract Advisory Group formally votes to approve the service payback, the Dean of the School of Medicine will return the original Learning Contract and all Schedules of Payment to the borrower.
Learning Contract Advisory Group (LCAG): The LCAG comprises, faculty, administrators, and a student. The group recommends policy to the Dean of the School of Medicine and reviews borrower requests for Postponement, Service Payback, and consideration of special circumstances. The LCAG meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from September to June. During Academic Year 2013-14, members include:
Deborah Harmon Hines, PhD
Chair, Learning Contract Advisory Group
John Cooke, PhD
Basic Science Faculty
Graduate Medical Education
Barbara Weinstein, MBA
Office for Primary Care
Mass. Department of Public Health
Tina Sasseville, ex officio (non-voting)
Acting Director of Financial Aid
Michael Baker, ex officio (non-voting)
Linday Louis, ex officio (non-voting)
Student Loan Manager
James Healy, JD, ex officio (non-voting)
Office of General Counsel