Federal Student Loan Programs

Remember when applying for a federal student loan to complete entrance counseling and a master promissory note on the studentloans.gov website.

  • You will need your FSA ID when logging in.

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Federal Student Loan Programs

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan – a federal need-based low-interest loan program. Loans are obtained from a lending institution such as a bank or credit union. Repayment does not begin and interest does not accrue until six months after the student graduates or drops below half-time enrollment. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to qualify. Repayment may be deferred during enrollment in graduate school. Other deferment options are available such as unemployment and disability. Interest rate 3.76 % for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2016 and before July 1, 2017.

* Note that a 1.069% origination fee is charged by the lender for processing a loan.

  • Level 1 (0-29 semester hours earned) $3500
  • Level 2 (30-59 semester hours earned) $4500
  • Level 3 (60 and above semester hours earned) $5500

Federal regulations mandate that the loan be disbursed in at least two equal payments (usually half of the proceeds in the fall semester and the other half in the spring semester). A processing fee not to exceed four percent will be deducted by the lender from the proceeds of the loan. The lifetime aggregate limit is $23,000. The FAFSA is required.

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan – a federal non-need based loan program. All terms as stated under the Subsidized Stafford Loan apply to this loan as well, except that this loan is NOT interest-free while the student is enrolled. Interest does begin to accrue within 60 days of receiving loan proceeds. Payment of interest, however, may be deferred or capitalized. Students not qualifying for the full amount of Subsidized Stafford Loan may borrow the remaining annual maximum amount in an unsubsidized loan. Federal regulations mandate that the loan be disbursed in at least two equal payments (usually half of the proceeds in the fall semester and the other half in the spring semester). A processing fee not to exceed four percent will be deducted by the lender from the proceeds of the loan. Annual maximums vary for dependent and independent students. The FAFSA is required.

  • Interest rate 3.76 % for undergraduate and 5.31% for graduate or professional for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2016 and before July 1, 2017.
  • Note that a 1.069% origination fee is charged by the lender for processing a loan.

Federal PLUS Loan – a federal non-need based low-interest loan program for parents of undergraduate students. Parents without adverse credit history (determined by the lender) may borrow an amount not to exceed the difference between the total financial aid budget and all other financial assistance the student is expected to receive. The loan is obtained from a lending institution.

  • Interest rate is 6.31% for loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2016 and before July 2017.
  • Note that a 4.276% origination fee is charged by the lender for processing a loan.

Repayment begins within 60 days after receiving the final disbursement with a minimum payment of $50 per month (minimum payment is based upon the total amount borrowed and therefore may be higher than $50 for some borrowers). Federal regulations mandate that the loan be disbursed in at least two equal payments (usually half of the proceeds in the fall semester and the other half in the spring semester). A processing fee not to exceed four percent will be deducted by the lender from the proceeds of the loan. The FAFSA is required.