Federal Direct Loan
A Federal Direct Loan is a low-interest loan to help students with educational expenses. There are two types of Federal Direct Loans, subsidized and unsubsidized. The federal government pays the interest for subsidized loans until the student ceases to be enrolled at least half time, or the student loses subsidy eligibility. The student is responsible for paying the interest on an unsubsidized loan. All Federal Direct Loan funds must be repaid according to the terms specified in the promissory note. Loan repayment begins six months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half time. All borrowers are expected to take part in loan counseling. All new students will be required to wait 30 days from their starting date before being eligible to receive any loan proceeds.
Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) Loan
A Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) is a low-interest loan to help parents, step-parents, or legal guardians pay for their dependent student’s educational expenses. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before a PLUS loan can be certified. The parent is the borrower for the PLUS loan program. Generally, repayment begins within 60 days after the final loan disbursement is made to the borrower.
VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA BENEFITS)
Educational benefits are available under the GI Bill for eligible servicemen and women, veterans, spouses, and dependents. Veterans may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation if they suffered a service-connected disability in active service, and if the VA determines that they need vocational rehabilitation to overcome the disability. Veterans who entered the military on or after July 1, 1977, may receive benefits under the contributory plan. Complete details should be obtained from a VA counselor. Generally, survivor’s benefits and disability benefits are available to survivors of deceased veterans, spouses, spouses of living veterans, and children between the ages of 18 and 26 years, when death or permanent and total disability has occurred. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about VA Benefits.
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SERVICES
In certain situations, students may be eligible to receive benefits from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. To qualify for this program, the applicant must have a physical or mental disability. Rehabilitation Services will make the determination of student eligibility. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about Vocational Rehabilitation Services.