What is student loan deferment?
A deferment allows you to temporarily stop paying your federal student loans. You qualify for a deferment if you meet certain conditions -- for example, if you are unemployed and looking for work, or if you return to school at least half time. If you are eligible for a deferment, you can postpone payment on both the principal and interest of your loans. In some cases, the federal government will even pay the interest for you. In other situations, interest continues to accrue during the deferment period.
For more information, see How Do I Postpone My Student Loan Payments?