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. Students can apply at www.fafsa.gov through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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) at www.fafsa.gov before a PLUS loan can be certified. Students must file the FAFSA as a dependent student, although the parent applying does not have to be listed on the FAFSA. Parents must pass a credit check to be eligible for this loan. 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. If parents to not pass the credit check, the student can qualify for additional unsubsidized loan funds. Please see the Financial Aid Office for more information.