Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

Automatic Direct Debits Repayment Plan

1. What is the Automatic Direct Debits Repayment Plan?

The Automatic Direct Debits Repayment Plan (ADDRP) is a way of making your loan payments without physically writing and mailing a check. The reason it is called "direct debits" is because the amount of your loan payment is automatically debited from your bank account and credited in our bank account on your due date. Even when you are out of town, your monthly loan payment will be automatically paid.

[Save time and money, reduce paperwork, eliminate lost or late payments, and decrease check writing.]

2. Will my due date be monthly as it states on my current repayment note?

Yes.

3. When will my loan payments be debited from my account?

Your loan payments will be debited from your bank account on the first of each month.

4. If I elect to sign up for ADDRP will I need to sign a different repayment note than the one I currently have?

No

No. 5. How do I get started on automatic payments?

Complete and return an Authorization Agreement for Pre-Arranged Payments (Debits) form. You can obtain an authorization agreement by downloading the form or contacting our office.

Enclose a voided check, along with the authorization agreement form, to verify your bank account information.

Send a check for your next monthly installment due. The manual payment is necessary in order to allow us ample time to complete the necessary paperwork and to make arrangements with our financial institution.

6. How will I know when the first payment will be deducted from my bank account?

When the completed authorization agreement (with attached voided check) and your next monthly installment is received in the Foundation office, the Foundation will then send you a confirmation letter informing you of the date your first automatic direct debit will occur.

7. Why do I need to attach a voided check to the authorization agreement?

Attaching a voided check is the best way to ensure that all the bank account information is correct. The voided check will help to prevent mistakes that may occur while setting up your account onto automatic payments and slowing down the enrollment process.

8. Can I attach a deposit slip from my bank account instead of an actual check?

No. A deposit slip from your account does not have all the required information.

9. Will I have to pay a fee for automatic payments?

No, it's FREE!

10. What if the first of the month falls on a weekend or holiday?

The payment will be deducted from your bank account on the next available banking day.

11. What if I change banks?

If you plan to change banks, please notify the Foundation promptly in writing. You may either send a letter listing the new bank's name and address, new account number, and voided check from the new account; or you may call the Foundation, at (717) 558-7854 or (800) 228-7823 (in PA only), and request an Authorization Agreement Form and then complete and return with a voided check from the new bank account.

Please allow the Foundation time to switch your automatic payments to the new bank. Therefore, we recommend that you leave enough funds in the old bank account to cover the next monthly payment due. Once the Foundation has successfully switched your automatic payments to your new bank, we will send you a letter informing you of the date your automatic payments will begin to be deducted from the new bank account.

12. Who will have control over my bank account?

You are the only person who has control over your bank account. When you sign up for automatic payments, you are only authorizing a payment to be made to the Foundation each month, you are not giving the Foundation control over your account.

13. Will I get a monthly record of payments deducted from my bank account?

Yes. Your payment amount will appear on your bank statement. Also each January, the Foundation mails a Statement of Account to each borrower listing all payments received during the prior year.

14. What if there is a problem with my bank account?

If an automatic payment is refused by your bank for any reason, including insufficient funds, closed, or unauthorized accounts, you will be notified and it will be necessary for you to mail us a check to replace the rejected payment. If this occurs, we have the right to discontinue the automatic payments service. Your bank may also deduct fees from your account for the rejected payment.

Monko

To obtain more information on loans or scholarships, contact me!

Deborah K. Monko
Director, Student Financial Services
Email: dmonko@pamedsoc.org
Phone: (717) 558-7854
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m