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Federal & Private Loans

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Helping You Pay For College

Loans are one way to finance your education, but they must be repaid after graduation. There are several options when it comes to loans, but the main ones are: Federal loans or Private loans. There may be differences between the repayment terms and benefits offered to borrowers depending on the loan program and lender. Students who are thinking about borrowing a private loan should consider and compare all options carefully before deciding.

Below is some basic information about loans, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us.

Federal Direct Loan Program

Federal Direct loans can help offset the cost of tuition and course-related expenses, but they must be repaid. Federal Direct Loans are backed by the Department of Education.

  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loans: These are subsidized student loans. The government pays the interest on the loan while you are in school. Eligibility is based on financial need.
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans: Available regardless of financial need. However, unlike a subsidized loan, interest accumulates from the first day of disbursement. Students have the choice to pay interest charges while in school or defer payments until graduation.

How Much Can I Borrow?

The maximum amount of combined subsidized and unsubsidized loans that students may borrow for the academic year is as follows:

  • Direct Parent PLUS Loans: Available to the parents of undergraduate dependent students. The maximum amount that can be borrowed is up to the cost of attendance less other aid.
  • Direct Graduate PLUS Loans: Available to graduate students. The maximum amount that can be borrowed is up to the cost of attendance less other aid.

Student Loan Disclosure Statement

Student Loan Code of Conduct

Not sure if you're an independent or dependent student? Visit the Federal Student Aid website to learn more.


Dependent Students

Independent Students


(maximum $3,500 Subsidized)

(maximum $3,500 Subsidized)


(maximum $4,500 Subsidized)

(maximum $4,500 Subsidized)


(maximum $5,500 Subsidized)

(maximum $5,500 Subsidized)


(maximum $5,500 Subsidized)

(maximum $5,500 Subsidized)

Other Financial Aid Resources

Private Loan Programs

There are a number of private educational loan programs available to students who need additional money to cover their college expenses. These loans are credit-based and require a separate application process independent of the FAFSA. The basic terms of most private loans are similar:

  • The student must apply with the loan provider directly
  • The loan provider will request a credit check and/or an income check
  • The amount of the loan will be based on the request and the creditworthiness of the student
  • If approved, the school will certify the student's enrollment level and cost of attendance with the lender before disbursement
  • The money will be disbursed directly to the school to pay applicable charges first
  • Any amount over applicable charges can be refunded to the student using the school's normal refund procedure