NYHELPs Cosigner Liability and Release
Cosigners are equally liable for the repayment of the loan(s) for which they cosigned.
If a cosigner release option is available, a cosigner may be released from his/her responsibility if a borrower:
- makes consecutive on-time payments* of interest, or principal and interest beginning with the first billing cycle while the student is in school;
- makes 48 consecutive, monthly, on-time payments of principal and interest upon entering into repayment the day after the end of the 6-month grace period following graduation, withdrawal, notification of less than half-time enrollment, or transfer to a non-Title IV eligible college; and
- is deemed to individually satisfy credit criteria that would be applicable to a borrower without a cosigner at the time of application for Cosigner Release.
*on-time payments are payments received within 15 days of the due date.