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Perkins Loan Total and Permanent Disability

How to Apply for the Perkins Loan Total and Permanent Disability Discharge (as of July 1, 2013).

The Student Loans Department will no longer be responsible for the application process of the Perkins Loan Total and Permanent Disability (referred to as TPD).  The U.S. Department of Education has contracted Nelnet as the contact and servicer for this process.  Borrowers are required to contact Nelnet to apply for TPD.

There are three ways to qualify for TPD:

  1. Veterans Affairs Determination
  2. Social Security Administration Determination
  3. Physician Certification

If you are not sure how to qualify, you will need to contact Nelnet by phone or email.  They are available seven days a week at
1-888-303-7818 from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. (Eastern) or email them at DisabilityInformation@Nelnet.net.

To obtain a TPD discharge application, you may choose one of the following options:

  • Start TPD Discharge Application Online- http://www.disabilitydischarge.com
  • Download and/or Print Black TPD Discharge Application-   TPD Discharge Application
    You can choose to open the PDF and print the blank application or to save the PDF to your computer and then print it.  In either case, you'll need to complete sections 1 through 3.  Next, you'll either attach the supporting documentation to your application or have a physician complete Section 4 of your application.  Finally, you'll mail the discharge application and, if required, your supporting documentation.
  • Request TPD Discharge Application by Phone or Email-
    This option allows you to contact Nelnet by phone or email and ask that they send you a paper TPD discharge application through the mail.  After you receive the blank paper application, you'll complete sections 1 through 3.  Next, you'll either attach the supporting documentation to your application or have a physician complete Section 4 of your application.  Finally, you'll mail the discharge application and, if required, your supporting documentation.

To request a TPD discharge application by phone or email, call Nelnet seven days a week at 1-888-303-7818 from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. (Eastern) or email them at DisabilityInformation@Nelnet.net.

Where to Send Your Completed TPD Discharge Application With Any Required Documentation to:
U.S. Department of Education
TPD Servicing
PO. Box 87130
Lincoln, NE 68501-7130