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Federal Student Loans

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All students who file a FAFSA are eligible for federal loans. There are two different types of federal loans: the Federal Direct Loan and the Federal Perkins Loan. Which type of loan you are eligible for depends on the information that is collected from the FAFSA. The Financial Aid Office determines which types of federal loans you are eligible for, and the loans will be listed on your official award letter.

Federal Direct Loan

This is a federally guaranteed loan. There are two types of Direct Loans: subsidized and unsubsidized.

  • A subsidized loan is a loan in which the government waives the interest accrual while the student is enrolled at least half-time.
  • An unsubsidized loan is a loan in which the government does not waive the interest and it does accrue while the student is in school.

You will have the option to pay this interest or to have it capitalized. The Subsidized portion of the loan will depend on the need that is determined from your FAFSA information. If you have no need or low need, you will receive the Unsubsidized portion instead. For both loan types, the principle loan payments are deferred while a student is enrolled at least half-time and repayment on the loans does not start until 6 months after the student drops below half-time enrollment, graduates or withdraws.

  • Federal subsidized loan rate for undergraduate level students: fixed 3.86% (starting July 1, 2013)
  • Federal unsubsidized loan rate for undergraduate level students: fixed 3.86% (starting July 1, 2013)
  • Federal unsubsidized loan rate for graduate level students: 5.41% (starting July 1, 2013). See the graduate student loan webpage for more information regarding federal loans available to graduate level students.

There is a 1.0510% origination fee on all unsubsidized and subsidized loans if the loan is disbursed on or after July 1, 2013 and a 1.0720% origination fee if the loan is disbursed on or after December 1, 2013. For more information visit the federal direct loan website.

Federal Perkins Loan

The Federal Perkins loan is a guaranteed federal loan with a fixed 5% interest rate. The principle and interest payments are deferred while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Repayment on this loan does not begin until 9 months after the student drops below half-time enrollment, graduates, or withdraws. Funds for this loan are extremely limited, therefore, not everyone who qulaifies will receive the loan.

Funds are very limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. To qualify for this loan, you must qualify for a Pell Grant and meet our FAFSA application deadline of March 15th. If you are eligible, the loan will be listed on your award letter.