Frequently Asked Questions

Setting up your login information is fast, easy, and can be completed in a few simple steps. Click sign up at the top of any page to get started. Account access is available to anyone with a defaulted student loan guaranteed by Ascendium.

Once you've completed the signup process, you can log in anytime to view information about your defaulted loans.

Don't worry—it happens to all of us at one time or another. If you forgot your user ID, password, or PIN, or if you're receiving an error message, follow the steps on Trouble Accessing Your Account.

A student loan guarantor's primary mission is to manage the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) on behalf of the federal government. Duties range from enforcing federal student loan rules and regulations to counseling student loan borrowers who may be unable to make their payments. This guarantee allows lenders to be reimbursed for loans that may default. (Federal student loans default when borrowers do not make any payments on their loans for 270-360 days and do not make special arrangements with their lender to get a deferment, forbearance, or other form of payment relief.)

There are many free payment methods available, including one-time electronic payments (Pay Online), payments by phone, and check or money order payments by mail.

To make a payment or find out more about each payment method, log in to, if you haven't already, and select the option that works best for you.

Recurring payments can be modified or cancelled at the US Bank payment portal. From the Pay Online page, log on to the US Bank payment portal. Once logged in to the portal, select the 'My Account' tab, then choose 'Scheduled Payments'. You will see a table of all scheduled recurring payments; click 'stop' next to the ones you wish to cancel.

Don't wait to change to a more affordable option! You may qualify for a lower payment. Contact us today to find out more about your options.

Ascendium works with a network of collection agencies to help borrowers who are in default. If a partner agency reaches out to you, they should identify themselves as working on our behalf. Feel free to contact us with any questions.