The maximum amount a student may borrow is based on the program of study and demonstrated financial need. If the allowable cost of education exceeds the maximum Direct Loan eligibility, the student may borrow from the Graduate PLUS Loan. Entrance counseling is required for both Federal Direct Loans and Graduate PLUS Loans.
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A need-based loan where the government pays the interest while the student is attending school on at least a half-time basis, and during the 6 month after school grace period. Up to 1% in allowable fees may be deducted from the loan prior to disbursement. These funds must be repaid. Note: As of July 1, 2012 the federal government is removing the interest-free subsidy on the Direct Loan for graduate students.
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A non-need based loan where the student is responsible for all interest which accrues from the day of disbursement (fixed interest rate of 6.8%). After July 1, 2013, a loan fee of 1.051% will be deducted from the loan prior to disbursement. Repayment begins 6 months after graduation. These funds must be repaid.
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A credit-based, non-need loan where the student is responsible for all interest which accrues from the day of disbursement (fixed interest rate of 7.9%). After Jyly 1, 2013, a loan fee of 4.204% will be deducted from the loan prior to disbursement. The maximum amount cannot exceed the approved cost of education (including all other aid) for the loan period. Repayment begins immediately following graduation. These funds must be repaid.
A federal loan available to financially needy students that are enrolled at least half-time. There are limited funds available for this loan. An eligible student may qualify for up to $1000 a trimester. The Federal Perkins Loan has a 5% fixed interest rate; there are no fees. Repayment of the loan begins 9 months after a student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time. These funds must be repaid.
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Most loan and scholarship programs require students to maintain standards of satisfactory academic progress.
|Loan Program||Maximum Per Period
(Prior to 7/1/2012)
|Maximum Per Period
|Federal Direct Subsidized||$8,500||$0|
|Federal Direct Unsubsidized||$12,000||$20,500|
|Academic Period Maximum||$20,500||$20,500|
|Graduate PLUS||no maximum*||no maximum*|
Note: A period is two trimesters.
* The maximum Graduate PLUS Loan (including any other financial aid) cannot exceed the approved budget for the loan period.
|Federal Direct Subsidized||$65,500|
|Federal Direct Unsubsidized||$73,000|