How to Pay and Save on Your EIDL Loan in 3 Quick Steps

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February 01, 2023 • 3 min read


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Are you one of the 4 million Americans who received an EIDL loan from the SBA over the past 2 years? The 30 months of EIDL deferment is coming to an end for many and most borrowers have not set up payments. Here's how to quickly find your EIDL balance, set up EIDL recurring payments, and even save money on EIDL repayments.

📌 NEW PROCESS February 21, 2023 Update*: The SBA has just released their brand new MySBA Loan Portal to manage and pay for EIDL loans, manage other SBA loans, and message the SBA. Here's the link to the new portal. *The copy below will be updated to reflect the new portal soon.

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Step 1: Find Your EIDL Loan Balance

The first step is to find out your EIDL balance, how much your first payment is, and when it is due. You need to do this on the SBA system, calls CAFS, or Capital Access Financial System.

  1. Create an account on the SBA CAFS system
  2. Login and navigate to your EIDL balance and payment info
  3. Write down your EIDL loan number & EIDL first payment amount + due date
  4. Screenshot your balance info, save it, upload it on your Skip Dashboard*

*Why upload on Skip? The CAFS system is difficult to login, once you're in, save the info securely on Skip so you don't have to come back. For example, if you don't login every 30 days, you're locked out and you have to call SBA customer support to unlock it.

A note on CAFS: The SBA has informed us they're working on a new integrated balance and payment system, however this isn't expected until early 2023.

EIDL Loan, Balance, Interest, and Payment Info Screenshot Example

Step 2: Set Up EIDL Recurring Payments

Once you've got the information from the SBA CAFS system, head on over to pay.gov to set up payments.

  1. Click "Make a SBA 1201 Borrower Payment"
  2. Read instructions and add in your payment amount (either minimum from the CAFS system or another amount) and your EIDL loan number
  3. Choose debit card, bank account (ACH), or PayPal
  4. Choose the date you want to make your first payment
  5. Select recurring payments and confirm information
  6. Make sure you get confirmation email from pay.gov

SBA 1201 Borrower Payment EIDL Form on Pay.gov Website

Step 3: Track EIDL Repayments And Save Money

The final step is add your payment information with Skip to get tips on how to save money on EIDL interest repayments (hint: strategically finding times to pay off more of your balance).

  1. Add payment balance info including first payment due date
  2. See updated info on your Skip dashboard
  3. Get updates on how to save money on your EIDL loan repayments

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