My dad got a voice mail talking about a loan forgiveness program. He has no loans left, but I do, so we assume that they're trying to get a hold of me. I Googled the number from the message and nothing popped up (other than info behind a paywall). Since I had some free time I decided to call. The person who picked up sounded American. When he asked how much I have for loans I gave him a vague "Significant amount" and further stated that I don't know who he is. Instead of pressing the issue he directed me to look up the William D Ford Direct Loan Program and gave me his number (info is also behind a paywall when I Googled that number).
The Google results about the program brings up several .gov sites plus a Wikipedia entry and everything seems to check out. However, given the vast amount of spoofing and robo spam calls, one can never be too cautious.
Is the program legit? If so, is it a good program? I currently use Nelnet and have a decent repayment plan. The guy from the Ford Program made it sound like I wouldn't be switching to something very different.