Subsidized Direct Loans are awarded to students with demonstrated financial need. Interest is subsidized (paid) by the government while the student is in school and during the six-month grace period after the student leaves school or drops below half-time enrollment status*. Loans enter repayment at the end of the grace period.
On July 6, 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was enacted. As part of the MAP-21 Act, a first-time borrower’s eligibility for Federal Direct Subsidized Loans is limited to a period not to exceed 150 percent of the length of the borrower’s educational program. After this limit has been reached, students may only borrow unsubsidized loans and interest will begin to accrue on all previously borrowed subsidized loans.
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*Interest will be charged during the six-month grace period for subsidized loans disbursed between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014.
Unsubsidized Direct loans are available to all students regardless of income. Interest accrues from the date of disbursement, but the extra costs of accrual can be avoided by making regular interest payments while in school. Loans enter repayment six months after the student graduates or ceases half-time enrollment.
|Direct Loan Interest Rates|
Beginning October 1st, 2016, the origination fee for Stafford Loans is 1.069%.
|Annual Loan Limits|
|Grade Level||Maximum Subsidized||Unsubsidized||Total Yearly Amounts|
|Freshman (DEP)||$ 3,500||$ 2,000||$ 5,500|
|Freshman (INDEP)||$ 3,500||$ 6,000||$ 9,500|
|Sophomore (DEP)||$ 4,500||$ 2,000||$ 6,500|
|Sophomore (INDEP)||$ 4,500||$ 6,000||$ 10,500|
|Junior/Senior (DEP)||$ 5,500||$ 2,000||$ 7,500|
|Junior/Senior (INDEP)||$ 5,500||$ 7,000||$ 12,500|
|Graduate||-||$ 20,500||$ 20,500|
|Aggregate Loan Limits|
|Classification||Maximum Subsidized||Unsubsidized||Maximum Total|
|Undergraduate (DEP)||$ 23,000||$ 8,000||$ 31,000|
|Undergraduate (INDEP)||$ 23,000||$ 34,500||$ 57,500|
|Average Loan Indebtedness for the graduating class of 2015 (1305 Students)|
|Number of Borrowers||Percent of Graduating Class||Average Borrowed|
All Loans includes Federal Direct loans (subsidized and unsubsidized). Federal Perkins loans, PLUS loans, and private alternative loans are not included in the average.
The graduating class is comprised of students graduating with undergraduate degrees between Dec 1st, 2014 and August 31st, 2015.
The method used to generate these statistics is based on the Common Data Set reporting process.
As a Direct Loan borrower, you are expected to understand your rights and responsibilities.