The ability to pause your loans via a forbearance or deferment depends entirely on your specific loan docs and lender.
Currently 2.2% of private student loans are in forbearance.
It is definitely worth a call to your lender to see if they will allow this if you are struggling through a temporary hardship.
But a word of caution–make you understand what your lender is offering as interest is likely to continue piling if you are not making your payments.
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