If you accepted Federal Loans as part of your financial aid plan, you may need to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for each type of loan. Instructions are different for new students than for returning students for Nursing Loan, so read them carefully and ONLY apply for loans you have accepted. If your costs are not completely covered, you may want to consider a Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan (a loan for parents of dependent students) or a Private Alternative Loan.
- Federal Direct Stafford Loan
- Federal Nursing Student Loan
- Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan
- Alternative (Private) Loans
There are two types of Federal Direct Stafford Loans:
- Federal Direct Subsidized Student Loans - These are need-based loans. The federal government pays the interest that accrues on the loan while you are enrolled in at least 6 credits and you won’t be charged any interest during your six-month grace period.
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loans – These are non-need based loans, and are available regardless of financial need; interest begins to accrue as soon as you receive your loan. Students may choose to pay the interest that accumulates or have it capitalized – meaning, the interest will be added to the principal amount of your loan and additional interest will be based upon the higher amount. Paying the interest as it accumulates will reduce the amount of interest that must be repaid.
Beginning July 1, 2020 the interest rate is 2.75%. Loans with a first disbursement on or after Oct. 1, 2019 and before Oct. 1, 2020 will have a loan origination fee of 1.059%. You will pay back 100% of what you borrow (plus interest); however, only 97.95% of the gross loan will be disbursed to the account.
Borrowers may not receive Direct Subsidized Loans for more than 150% (PDF) of the published length of their program (measured in academic years).
Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours and complete all loan requirements within the enrollment period to receive federal loan funds. Students must complete a Federal Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note.
To complete the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling and Loan Agreement:
- Go to www.studentaid.gov.
- Click on the green "Sign In" button.
- Sign in using the new Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. If you have not created the FSA ID you will need to do so before you can sign in.
- If you do not know your FSA ID you will need to visit www.studentaid.gov.
- Follow the instructions to complete the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling session once you have signed in.
- Click on “Complete Loan Agreement (MPN) on the left hand side and follow the instructions for completing the Stafford Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Agreement (MPN).
This loan has a fixed interest rate of 5%. Repayment begins nine months after the student leaves school. The repayment period may vary up to ten years depending on the amount borrowed.
Students who are planned a Federal Nursing Student Loan will be notified by email with instructions on the procedures to accept the Federal Nursing Loan.
Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) are through the Federal Direct Lending Program, whereby federal funds are borrowed directly from the Department of Education. Funds are available to parents for their dependent, undergraduate students who are matriculated in a degree program and enrolled in at least six (6) credits. Parents of dependent students may borrow up to the cost of attendance minus any other aid through this credit-based loan program each academic year. Only one parent of a student can borrow through this loan program (per application).
Beginning July 1, 2020, the interest rate is 5.30%. Loans with a first disbursement on or after Oct. 1, 2019 and before Oct. 1, 2020 will have a loan origination fee of 4.236%. Parents will pay back 100% of what they borrow (plus interest); however, only 95.4% of the gross loan will be disbursed to the student's account.
Important: All parents must now borrow Parent PLUS loans under the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. Dependent students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order for the parent to be eligible to borrow this loan.
Please follow the steps below in order to complete the Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan process:
Parents should not apply prior to May 1 for the upcoming academic year.
- Go to www.studentaid.gov.
- Click on the green "Sign In" button.
- Sign in using the parent's new Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. If your parent has not created the FSA ID they will need to do so before they can sign in.
- If your parents do not know their FSA ID they will need to visit www.studentaid.gov.
- Follow the instructions Under "Parent Borrowers" to “Apply for a PLUS Loan” and authorize a credit check. A credit check for each Parent PLUS loan is only good for 180 days from the time of application.
- Next, click on “Complete Loan Agreement for a PLUS Loan (MPN)” on the left hand side and follow the instructions for completing the Parent PLUS Loan Agreement.
- It is strongly encouraged that the student uses all available Federal Loan programs before considering a private/alternative loan.
- The student is the borrower, however, a credit worthy co-signer is required. Repayment varies by lender; the student may have the choice of repaying the loan while in school, paying interest only, or deferring payments until they are out of school (interest accrues). Interest rates can vary with different lenders, as well as fees. Alternative loans are available to students who need more financial resources to meet educational expenses including tuition, computers, and tools not covered by financial aid.
- The amount a student can borrow is determined by the following:
- Cost of Attendance minus Grants, Federal Loans, Scholarships, Other Resources = Alternative Loan Amount
- To be eligible for an alternative loan the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:
- U.S. citizenship or eligibility as a non-citizen.
- Enrolled at least half-time in a certificate or undergraduate degree program.
- Applicant must be creditworthy or have a creditworthy cosigner
- Satisfactory Academic Progress
- Below is a chart comparing Federal and Private Education Loans:
|Federal Loans||Private Loans|
|Credit Check Requirement||Stafford-No
PLUS-Yes (however, debt to income ratio not included)
|Deferment||Yes||Depends on loan, but generally yes|
|Grace Period||Stafford- 6 months
PLUS- 6 months
|Depends on loan, but generally 6 months|
|Interest Rate||Available at: www.studentaid.gov||Fixed and Variable|
|Fees||Available at: www.studentaid.gov||Depends on Loan, but generally no fee|
|Loan Forgiveness/Discharge||Yes||Depends on Loan/Lender|
|Penalty for Early Repayment||No||
Depends on loan, but generally no penalty
How to Apply for Alternative Loans
Step 1: Select your lender from the Preferred Private Lender List using FastChoice.
Step 2: Complete the Alternative Loan application process required by the lender chosen in Step 1.
Step 3: Have cosigners complete their section of the application process.
Step 4: If you are applying for the Alternative (Private) Loan for required Tools or Equipment, you will need to complete an Alternative Loan Worksheet for Tools and Equipment and submit to the Student Records and Financial Services Office.
Step 5: After the loan is approved by the lender, the Student Records and Financial Services office will receive a request for certification. Loan certification can take up to 30 days once all documentation has been received by the school. Loans for payment of your semester bill will be certified for the full academic year (to be split evenly among Fall and Spring semester) unless otherwise noted from the lender.
Step 6: Disbursed loan funds are sent to the Student Records and Financial Services Office. If you requested early disbursement for tool or equipment purchases, you will be issued a refund check in the amount of your loan. If the loan is to be used towards the payment of your tuition, the disbursed loan will be applied directly to your semester bill.
*Note: Private Loans will not disburse to a student's account until 10 days prior to the start of classes each semester, unless early disbursement for tools, equipment, etc. has been requested. For loans processed during the academic year, please allow at least 10 business days for disbursement (provided all steps have been completed).