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CornerStone Loans: What is CornerStone?

CornerStone is one of nine federal student loan servicers that works with the U.S. Department of Education to manage student loans.

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What is CornerStone? You may have received letters or emails from CornerStone and wondered who they are. CornerStone is a legitimate student loan servicer that works with the U.S. Department of Education to manage federal student loans.

What is CornerStone?

CornerStone Education Loan Services, also known as CornerStone is a not-for-profit student loan servicing organization based in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is overseen by the Utah System of Higher Education (UHEAA), a Utah state government agency.

It is one of the nine federal student loan servicers.

What is a federal student loan servicer? When you take out a federal loan from the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Education will assign you to one of the nine loan servicers, who are approved to work with them. CornerStone is one of these loan servicers.

How did you end up with CornerStone?

When you take out a federal student loan from the U.S. Department of Education, they will assign you a loan servicer when your loan amount is first paid out to your school.

What is a loan servicer?

A loan servicer is a company that manages the billing and other services on your federal student loan. There is no cost to you for using CornerStone.

Your loan servicer will, for example, send you federal loan bills, receive loan payments from you, and work with you on loan consolidation and repayment plans.

Is CornerStone the lender?

CornerStone is not the lender. The lender of your federal student loans is the U.S. Department of Education.

Do I choose to use CornerStone?

No, you do not choose who your loan servicer is. The U.S. Department of Education assigns you a loan servicer.

Sometimes the U.S. Department of Education will transfer loans from one servicer to another servicer. When this happens, you will be notified. Your loans are still owned by the U.S. Department of Education, but the company who will be sending you loan bills and collecting your loan payments will change.

How does CornerStone work with you?

CornerStone provides a range of services to students who have federal student loans from the U.S. Department of Education.

Set up your online account
Create an online account at CornerStone to access your loan information, make payments, review loan details, update your contact information, sign up for email correspondence, and more.

Make automatic online payments
Set up auto payments from your bank account to CornerStone and you may receive a 0.25% interest rate deduction.
Give your parents or spouse access to your account
Provide your parents or spouse access to your loan account.
Sign up for income-driven repayment plans
You can sign up for an income-driven repayment plan. CornerStone offers five types of income-driven repayment plans. This may lower your monthly payments, which are based on your income, family size, loan balance, and type of federal student loan. After making 20-25 years of loan payments, your remaining loan balance may be forgiven.
Change repayment plan
You can change your repayment plan type. CornerStone offers several types of repayment plans which are based on length of time and income.
Make extra payments
You can choose to repay more than what your repayment plan states. This may reduce how much you pay later.
Postpone payments
If you are unable to make your monthly payment, you can contact CornerStone to request deferment or forbearance.
Sign up for loan forgiveness
Under certain circumstances, such as working in public service or working as a teacher in low-income schools, you may be able to have your loan forgiven.
Sign up for military benefits
CornerStone offers benefits to those in the military including deferments, interest caps, public service loan forgiveness, and more.

How to confirm CornerStone is your loan servicer

If you are not sure if CornerStone is your loan servicer, you can check this in two ways.

My Federal Student Aid

You can go to My Federal Student Aid, a U.S. Department of Education website, to see information about all of your federal loans, including who your loan servicer is.

Federal Student Aid Information Center

You can also call the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC), a U.S. Department of Education center.

Federal Student Aid Information Center phone number:
1-800-433-3243

Is Cornerstone legit?

CornerStone is a legitimate student loan servicer. It is one of nine federal student loan servicers. It has 35 years of experience in the student loan servicing industry. CornerStone is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and is overseen by the Utah System of Higher Education (UHEAA).

Nationwide Multistate Licensing System & Registry (NMLS) registered

CornerStone is registered with the NMLS and and the NMLS ID 1510465. The NMLS is a record system for financial licensing and registration

Can I switch from Cornerstone to a new student loan servicer?

The U.S. Department of Education may transfer loans from one servicer to another. When this occurs, you will be notified. However, you do not get to select your federal student loan servicer.

The only time you can change your student loan servicer if when you:

  1. Consolidate your loans
  2. Apply for public student loan forgiveness

Alternatively, you can refinance with a private lender. By doing this, you forfeit federal loan forgiveness programs and income-driven repayment plans. Instead of having your loan managed by the U.S. Department of Education and CornerStone, your loan will instead be managed by a private bank, online lender, or credit union.

How to make payments

You can make your student loan payments to CornerStone online, by phone, or by mail.

What if you can’t afford your payments to CornerStone

CornerStone offers several different repayment plans. If your circumstance make it difficult for you to repay under any of these plans, you can call CornerStone at 1-800-663-1662 to discuss alternatives.

How to contact CornerStone

There are several ways to contact CornerStone.

By email

CornerStone email:
[email protected]

By telephone

CornerStone telephone number:
Toll-Free: 1-800-663-1662
Servicemembers: 1-844-255-8326

CornerStone hours of operation:
Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m., Mountain Time
Friday: 6 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mountain Time

By mail

CornerStone address for payments:
U.S. Department of Education
CornerStone 
PO Box 979133
St. Louis, MO 63197-9000

CornerStone address for general correspondence:
Do not send payments to this address.

CornerStone Education Loan Services
P.O. Box 145122
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5122

By fax

CornerStone fax number:
Toll-Free: 1-801-366-8400

Online

CornerStone website: https://mycornerstoneloan.org/

CornerStone login: https://myaccount.mycornerstoneloan.org/authentication/

CornerStone social media:

How to submit a complaint about CornerStone

If you are having problems with CornerStone, there are several ways to file a complaint.

U.S Department of Education Federal Student Aid Feedback System

You can file a complaint with Federal Student Aid at the U.S. Department of Education through their feedback system. File a complaint here.

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

You can also file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), a private, non-profit organization that accredits and rates businesses. File a complaint here.

Complaints filed with the BBB are forwarded to CornerStone within two business days, and CornerStone will be asked to respond within 14 days. If CornerStone does not respond, the BBB will reach out to them again.

BBB complaints are generally closed within 30 business days.

U.S Department of Education Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group

As a last resort, you can contact the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group, a confidential resource to help resolve disputes about your federal student loans. File a complaint here.

The Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group can help you resolve problems with loan balances and payments, disbursements, overpayments, and more.

They provide an information checklist to help prepare for your conversation.

Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group address:
U.S. Department of Education
FSA Ombudsman Group
P.O. Box 1843
Monticello, KY 42633

Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group phone:
1-877-557-2575

Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group fax:
606-396-4821

FAQ

Is CornerStone federal or private?

CornerStone is a private company that is a federal student loan servicer. It is not a U.S. federal organization, but it does work with the U.S. Department of Education to manage student loans.

For example, CornerStone will send loan payment bills, receive loan payments, and work with you on loan consolidation and repayment plans.

Federal student loan servicers

There are nine federal student loan servicers. Learn more about who they are, what they do, and how to contact them.