College students can begin to receive a new repayment plan for their student loan debt starting in 2019, the Department of Education announced Monday.
The federal government announced the changes on its website, adding that students who are enrolled in a college or university program that qualifies as an online community college or trade school can continue to be eligible for federal loans until they turn 20.
They must then defer payments until they leave school.
The change will affect about 1.6 million students who will begin receiving new payments on their student debt in 2019.
The Department of the Treasury has already announced that it will offer a new plan to help students who qualify.
It said the program will be similar to the new repayment options available to students enrolled in community colleges.
Student loans are federal debt that can be forgiven if the student graduates from college and the student meets other eligibility criteria.
Students who are 18 years old or older who are not currently enrolled in college or have outstanding loans can apply for federal student loans, while students who graduated from high school can also apply.