Direct Loans

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Priority Deadline: July 1 (Applies to Undergraduate Students Only)

Federal Direct Stafford Loans are awarded to all students who complete a FAFSA, meet eligibility requirements, submit all required documentation, and are enrolled at least half-time. This loan is borrowed by the student and no credit check is required. Students may be offered a Direct Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Loan based on financial need, which is evaluated using the data reported on the FAFSA.

Direct Subsidized Loan

With a Subsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loan, the federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is in school at least half-time and during authorized periods of deferment.

Direct Unsubsidized Loan

For Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford Loans, students are charged interest from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Borrowers may choose to pay the interest while they are in school, or defer payments until the end of their grace period. Any accrued interest will be capitalized and added to the principal amount of the loan at repayment, increasing the amount that must be repaid. If students choose to pay the interest as it accumulates, the long term cost of the loan will be less.

Repayment

Repayment on Direct Loans begins six months after a student graduates, withdraws, leaves school, or drops below half-time status.

For the 2013-14 academic year, the fixed interest rates listed below are for Direct Loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.

View Repayment Estimator (PDF)

Loan Borrowers 2013-14
Interest Rate
Subsidized Undergraduate and Professionals 3.86%
Unsubsidized All Students 3.86%

Origination Fee

All Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans are subject federal origination fee which is subtracted from the loan at the time of disbursement.

First Disbursement Loan Fee Fee on a Loan Amount Of
On or after July 1, 2013 and
Before December 1, 2013
1.051% $57.80 on a $5,500 loan
On or after December 1, 2013 and
Before October 1, 2014
1.072% $58.96 on a $5,500 loan

Annual Loan Limits

The maximum loan amount for which a student may receive in the Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loan program is determined by the student’s grade level.

Grade level is determined based on the number of credits a student has completed. (The following annual maximums apply to undergraduate students.)

Class Credit Requirements Annual Maximum
Freshman 0–29 credits $5,500 ($3,500 subsidized)
Sophomore 30–59 credits $6,500 ($4,500 subsidized)
Junior 60–89 credits $7,500 ($5,500 subsidized)
Senior 90+ credits $7,500 ($5,500 subsidized)

Students enrolling mid-year in an academic program, may be eligible to receive the full amount of Direct Loan funds up to the annual loan limits as specified by the federal government.
Please Note: this may result in receipt of loan funds at a higher amount in a single term due to a mid-year start date. If you later intend to enroll for all terms in an academic year, your loan funds will be equally distributed over the terms you are enrolled in. If you have questions about how this will impact any future awards, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Additional Unsubsidized Direct Loan

The Additional Unsubsidized Direct Loan is available to students who are either classified as “independent” according to federal guidelines, or whose parents are denied the Direct PLUS Loan by the Department of Education during the application process. Additional Unsubsidized Direct Loan amounts are as follows:

Class Credit Requirements Amount
Freshman 0–29 credits $4,000
Sophomore 30–59 credits $4,000
Junior 60–89 credits $5,000
Senior 90+ credits $5,000

Aggregate Loan Limits

The following aggregate maximums apply to undergraduate students.

Situation Maximum
Without Additional Unsubsidized Direct Loan $31,000 ($23,000 subsidized)
With Additional Unsubsidized Direct Loan $57,500 ($23,000 subsidized)

CLU reviews aggregate loan limits prior to awarding loans for the academic year. Students can check the amount of loans they have taken out during their academic careers through the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans are fixed-rate student loans for Graduate students. These loans are "unsubsidized" because the interest accrues while the student is in school. Students can choose to pay the interest while in school, or add it to the balance of the loan when they enter repayment.

In order to be eligible for Direct Loans, a graduate student must:

  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled at least half time (at least 3 credits per semester) in a master's or doctoral program
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be achieving Satisfactory Academic Progress as established by the University
  • Cannot be in default on a student loan or owe a repayment on any grant funds
  • Submit all documents required by the Financial Aid Office pertaining to Verification

Students pursuing only a Teaching Credential are considered fifth-year undergraduate students and follow the loan limits and credit requirements for third-year and beyond undergraduates. For more information, please visit Undergraduate Loans.

Repayment

Repayment on Direct Loans begins six months after a student graduates, withdraws, leaves school, or drops below half-time status. Interest rates on Direct Unsubsidized Loans are fixed at 5.41%.

Origination Fee

All Direct Unsubsidized Loans are subject federal origination fee which is subtracted from the loan at the time of disbursement.

First Disbursement Loan Fee Fee on a Loan Amount Of
On or after July 1, 2013 and
Before December 1, 2013
1.051% $57.80 on a $5,500 loan
On or after December 1, 2013 and
Before October 1, 2014
1.072% $58.96 on a $5,500 loan

Annual Loan Limits

Graduate and doctoral students are eligible to take out up to $20,500 per year in Direct Unsubsidized Loans.

Students enrolling mid-year in an academic program, may be eligible to receive the full amount of Direct Unsubsidized Loan funds up to the annual loan limits as specified by the federal government.
Please Note:
this may result in receipt of loan funds at a higher amount in a single term due to a mid-year start date. If you later intend to enroll for all terms in an academic year, your loan funds will be equally distributed over the terms you are enrolled in. If you have questions about how this will impact any future awards, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Aggregate Loan Limits

Students who borrow Direct Loans have aggregate lifetime loan limits. This means that there is a maximum a student may take out in Direct Loans for his or her educational career. For Graduate and Doctoral students, the lifetime loan limit is $138,500. Of this amount, up to $65,000 may be subsidized. Students can check the amount of loans they have taken out during their academic careers through the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

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