Ask The Experts: Money Matters

By Mike Miles

TSP cashout and student loan repayment

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Q. I am a civilian employee. I have FERS and the Thrift Savings Plan. Is there any provision that would allow me to cash out my TSP for it to be applied directly to my federal student loans without any type of penalty?

A. Check the list of exceptions on Page 7 of the notice at https://www.tsp.gov/PDF/formspubs/tsp-536.pdf. Student loan repayment is not the basis for an exception to the early withdrawal penalty.

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